Wrangel Island

Aug 31, 2019 - National Geographic Orion

Our last day at Wrangel Island started with a curtain of dense fog hanging over our landing site, but after a short scouting trip it was determined that we could safely do a landing with our bear guards posted as a perimeter! It was a very interesting site of an old trapper/hunter cabin that had long been abandoned. The area around the cabin was littered with bones of Arctic fox, walrus and other marine mammals, along with many other remains of human habitation! In the afternoon it was time to drop off our guides back at their station, getting a tour of the historic site and going for some walks in the surrounding tundra. It was then time to say our goodbyes and head back south along the Russian Far East Coast.

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Rich Kirchner

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Svalbard, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland, along with other destinations. His 33 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books.

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