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Where are seabirds most diverse?

Seabirds are distributed throughout the world's oceans, but well-traveled birders know that the greatest diversity of seabirds is to be found in the colder waters of the northern and southern oceans. These far northern and southern waters sustain a much larger biomass of microorganisms and small fish -- on which seabirds feed -- than do much warmer tropical seas. If we wish to experience that rich diversity, then we birders must head to the higher latitudes.

Alaska is one especially rich seabird destination, and if alcids (puffins, murres, and their allies) are a particular draw for you (and how could something like this fantastic Tufted Puffin, photographed by guide Tom Johnson, not be?), then the Pribilof Islands and Kenai Fjords are two sites you'll want to visit. We visit "the Pribs" on Part I of our tour and Kenai Fjords on Part II.

We have space still open on the following of our four 2017 Alaska departures (the others are waitlisted):

Alaska I, Part I, May 30-Jun 7 with Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson; 2 spaces available

You can read all about this tour on our ALASKA page.

Don't forget also to view our Part One triplists from our 2016 tours:

Alaska I Part One illustrated triplist
Alaska II Part One illustrated triplist


 Other Bird Buzz Topics



The amazing diversity of birds-of-paradise

Did you know there's a bird named Zigzag?

Nesting strategy: a single spot in the ocean?

Where do we find best spring birding?

What makes a place a great magnet for migrant birds?


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