Greg Miller Big Year Series

Alaska: St. Paul Island Fall Vagrants

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SCHEDULED TOURS

2024 :: September 30 - October 4
2025 :: September 28 - October 3

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TOUR COST

From: $7,500 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Anchorage (ANC)

GROUP SIZE

6 - 10 Participants

AVAILABILITY

2024: 10 spaces available

2025: 9 spaces available

PRIVATE TOUR OPTION

This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of Alaska: St. Paul Island Fall Vagrants

  • Fall rarity search of St. Paul Island!
  • Exceptional wildlife-watching experiences!
  • Fantastic photography opportunities!

Description of Alaska: St. Paul Island Fall Vagrants

This quick, 6-day tour visits St. Paul Island during the peak of fall rarity season! This tiny island lies 770 miles west of Anchorage, Alaska in the middle of the Bering Sea, and has recently exploded in popularity among birders, naturalist, and those interested in Native American culture. There are four islands which make up the Pribilof Islands chain, and St. Paul Island has the most comfortable accommodations (with shared bathroom facilities), plenty of good food options, and the infrastructure to access much of the island via drive-able dirt roads. With the help of local guides, we will make the most of the island’s rich potential for rare seabirds, shorebirds, and songbird vagrants! Stray migrates from Asia are regularly encountered on the island, and tracking them down will be our focus! The island has a variety of habitats to explore including wetlands, grassy tundra, ancient lava flows, and idyllic seaside cliffs. Introduced Reindeer (domestic Caribou) and an island endemic subspecies of Arctic Fox may be seen. This is truly a bucket-list opportunity for ABA listers and wildlife enthusiasts! Anchorage will serve as our base before and after our visit to the island.

This tour is designed to be part 1 of an 11-day tour in combination with ALASKA: Utqiaġvik Ross’s Gull Migration. We certainly suggest joining us for the full double-tour to really make the most of a fall visit to Alaska, but you are also welcome to sign up for just the St. Paul Island half or just the Utqiaġvik half. More details are explained in the itinerary below, and you are welcome to contact us any time if you have questions!

Length of Tour

6-days/5-nights

Brief Itinerary

This tour is designed to be part 1 of an 11-day tour in combination with ALASKA: Utqiaġvik Ross’s Gull Migration. We certainly suggest joining us for the full double-tour to really make the most of a fall visit to Alaska, but you are also welcome to sign up for just the St. Paul Island half or the Utqiaġvik half. More details are explained in the itinerary below, and you are welcome to contact us any time if you have questions!

Day 1. Arrivals to Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC).

Day 2. Birding in Anchorage area. Afternoon flight to St. Paul.

Day 3. Birding on St. Paul Island.

Day 4. Birding on St. Paul Island.

Day 5. Birding on St. Paul Island. Return to Anchorage.

Day 6. Departures from Anchorage Int. Airport (ANC).

Cost

Cost is $7,500 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Anchorage (Airport code ANC).
This trip ends in Anchorage (Airport code ANC).

Cost Includes

Cost includes airport transfers, all ground transportation, accommodations, entrance fees, all meals, and the services of your professional leader(s).

Cost does not Include

Flights to/from destination city, trip insurance, or anything that is not specifically mentioned in the itinerary.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of participants registered the trip can still run with a small-group supplement fee per person determined by the number of participants.

Single Supplement

If a single room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $800 will be assessed.

Deposit Requirements

A $1,000 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.

Good quality hotels throughout.

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

Please be prepared for long days of intense (but fun!) birding. This trip involves flights to and from St. Paul Island.

Recommended Field Guide

Sibley Birds West or the Sibley Birds V2 app
by David Allen Sibley

Merlin Bird ID
by The Cornell Lab

Non-smoking Tour

This trip is for non-smokers only. Smoking is not permitted at any time during our tour.

Transportation

We will be using full-size SUVs, driven by the leader(s). For smaller groups, a mini-van or small SUV may be used.

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to help cover your investment, for covered reasons. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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