Haines, Alaska, US
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Naturalists take you to the sheltered valley of the Chilkoot River -- for centuries a favorite fishing site for the Tlingit people and for brown bears. As the sun slowly sets, bear families usually descend on the river, leaving the cover of the forest to forage along the grassy banks.
From the protection of your bus, you may witness the food chain in action as thousands of salmon swim past the hungry bruins splashing and feeding in the water. Spotting scopes bring the action up close, as bald eagles, gulls, ravens, and ducks hover over the spawning fish. Discover the connection between the fish, bears, and the spruce trees lining the river.
Heading back into the wild Alaska evening, your guide shares stories of life in a quaint Alaska fishing village as you drive back through down town Haines and historic Fort Seward.
Please note: Although wildlife sightings are not guaranteed, bears are seen frequently on these in-season departures. Seasonal wildlife updates are e-mailed to the Destinations Office on board the ship.