I just got back from hanging out with bears in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, in southern Alaska about 125 miles southwest of Anchorage.
These are coastal brown bears, ursus arctos horribilis. They’re genetically the same as grizzly bears—“grizzly” generally refers to inland bears. A couple of hundred bears spend time along the coast here.
Living along Silver Salmon Creek, the bears have access to a varied diet of salmon in the creek, clams on the beach, and sedges in the tidal marshes.
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The focus of this trip was bears, but we saw a few birds, too—bald eagles, puffins, plenty of seagulls, a couple of harriers, and red-winged blackbirds, to name a few. Here’s a bald eagle on the beach, thinking about fish.
Here’s a greater yellowlegs, tringa melanoleuca, wading at the edge of Silver Salmon Creek.
In upcoming posts, I’ll share a few more bear photos, talk about the lodge that served as home base, and discuss my photo gear choices.
Please comment if you have questions you’d like me to answer in upcoming posts.