Glacier Bay National Park

Jul 06, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


A poem by Annika Batt

 

Brown and Fuzzy

Eats everything (including us)

Aggressive when surprised

Really cute (from far away!)

 

A glacial poem from Glacier Bay National Park Ranger Rebekah Wierda

 

Ice flowing downhill

Creaking, cracking as it goes

Glaciers sure are cool!

 

An absolutely stellar day in Glacier Bay started with a cacophony of Steller sea lions growling, roaring and generally lolling on the rocks at South Marble Island. Hormone-infused birds were wheeling around the island as well, stirred up in the activity of laying eggs, brooding and ultimately fledging their chicks. Humpback whales were diving all around the island. Where were the bears? We started the day with a bit of bear anxiety, which diminished as we approached Tidal Inlet and found a large brown bear foraging in the intertidal zone. We left that bear in order to view three more inside Tidal Inlet, a sow with two-year-old cubs. By the time we went through Russel Cut, we were reaching bear satiation with our fifth bear sighting.

The warm wind blowing across our deck as we viewed Marjorie Glacier is a sign of change in Glacier Bay. The landscape and its inhabitants will have new pressures and environmental changes to work with. We ended our day with the inauguration of several new Junior Rangers, stewards to help this park meet its future challenges.

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About the Author

Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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