Alaska’s Baby Islands & Dutch Harbor

Jul 25, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

Dawn found National Geographic Orion nearing the Baby Islands: a small archipelago of, yes, small islands near Unalga Island in the Fox Islands group of the Aleutian Islands. These low, rocky islands are the nesting sites of thousands of seabirds such as tufted puffins and whiskered auklets. The range of whiskered auklets’ range in North America is limited to only about ten islands on the Aleutian Chain and we were lucky to see small flocks of them flying and on the water here. On Zodiac excursions here were surrounded by tufted puffins—thousands of them.

This afternoon we docked at Dutch Harbor, the busiest fishing port in the United States. Here we hiked up mountains, toured this interesting and historic town, and took a nature hike along a spit where we saw many beautiful flowers and birds that were new sightings to some of us.

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Grace Winer


Geologist and naturalist Grace grew up among woods, rivers, and mountains, loving the outdoors, nature and rocks. After high school she became a Registered Nurse and was soon studying midwifery at Queen Charlotte’s Maternity Hospital in London, England. Back in the United States she served as an officer in the USAF Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. In a major career change, Grace turned to the Earth Sciences and received degrees in geology (BS and MSc) from Montana State University. Funded by a grant from the National Geographic Society, Grace pursued her master’s degree in Alaska’s remote Pribilof Islands. In her study of basaltic volcanism in the Bering Sea region, she investigated the volcanic evolution of St. Paul Island, creating a geologic map, and predicting volcanic hazards in the event of a future eruption. Her knowledge of the Pribilof Islands and the Bering Sea region led to her work as a consulting geologist on St. George Island for NOAA’s Pribilof Restoration Project.

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