Having been to the subantarctic, I always wanted to get myself to the high Arctic to personally compare the wildlife and experiences from the two different polar regions. A conference in Canada (which by the way I never went too, but that’s another story) provided the incentive. Though I originally wanted to drive from Edmonton (Alberta) northward into Musk Ox range, my research revealed that it was going to be way more sensible to fly to Alaska. From Alaska there are two options to get to the Arctic. In fact, there are only two roads crossing the Arctic Circle in North America. The first is the Dempster Highway in Canada. However, my ultimate choice fell on the James W. Dalton Highway because (a) more birders drive the road so more gen were available and (2) I can access the Arctic from the Dalton without needing a plane.
I was joined on this trip by my long-time birding friend Ray Schep. This report chronicles our visit. I first touch on some background and logistics, then provide my itinerary with brief comments before a brief annotated birdlist. I end with a list of target species we missed during the trip. Note that this trip report is photo-intensive. Fact is, this was an awesome trip, and I really just could not decide which pictures was redundant.
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