Tracy Arm – Fords Terror & Petersburg

Aug 06, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


To begin our Alaskan journey, we explored the secluded fjords and glaciers of Tracy Arm and Fords Terror Wilderness. Later in the week we will search for wildlife in remote places like Glacier Bay National Park and the Tongass National Forest. So today’s adventures in the small fishing village of Petersburg, Alaska were a unique opportunity to experience the rich culture of the region. The town is populated almost entirely by fishermen who make their living off the salmon and halibut that fill the waters, and everything is centered around the fishing industry because of it. Guests explored the many varieties of fishing vessels lining the docks, photographed the unique details of the buildings and the fishermen returning with their daily catch, and even hiked various trails around the town. Together, these activities gave us an idea of how the people of Southeast Alaska are able to thrive off the land and waters of the wilderness we have been exploring.

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Alex Krowiak

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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