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Join professional photographer Ken Archer to photograph the breeding birds of Nome, Alaska and the Seward Peninsula. The dates of this workshop are planned to take full advantage of the unique variety of bird life that migrate, live and nest and in the area during this beautiful time of year. We should find the arctic tundra blooming with a variety of wildflowers making for the high possibility for colorful and unique compositions. The main focus of this trip will be the incredible bird life, including a wide variety of shorebirds, passerines, raptors, jaegers and waterfowl. Rarities we will be especially looking for include the Bluethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear, Bristled-thighed Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit and Aleutian Tern among others. A good variety of mammals also live here. There is a good probability we will see and photograph Musk Oxen, Red Fx, Moose, Reindeer and Arctic Ground Squirrels. Wolves, Lynx and Grizzly Bears also live here but are less visible. And the arctic landscape is irresistible to photograph, especially early and late in the day.

Maximum Participants: 6, Leaders 2.

Cost and Logistics

The cost of the workshop is $4,750 with a single supplement of $1000. Deposit is $1,100.  This includes all lodging, transportation, guiding and instruction.  It does not include airfare to and from Nome, Alaska or meals.  You fly into Nome, Alaska on June 3rd, we will pick you up at the airport and you fly out on June 9th.  Our accommodation is at Aurora Inn (6 nights). 2025 Cost: $4,950 per photographer, $4,750 nonphotographer spouse/companion, $1000 single supplement, $1200 deposit.


A trio of well maintained gravel roads covering more than 250 miles in total lead out from our base of Nome. We will explore a variety of habitats looking for particular birds. Most of our shooting will be near the roads, but be prepared for short walks of up to a mile in length on the semi-challenging uneven tundra terrain. Quality layered clothing is a must have, we could experience temperatures ranging from 25 degrees to 75 degrees.

Spectacular species that we should photograph in breeding colors include:
Red-throated Loon
Pacific and American Golden Plovers
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Northern Wheatear
Long-tailed Duck
Long-tailed Jaeger
Red-necked Phalarope
Common Redpoll
Musk Oxen
Red Fox (Arctic Race)
Willow Ptarmigan
Rock Ptarmigan
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Rough-legged Hawk
Lapland Longspur
Arctic Tern
and many more … every year is different 2013 we had Common Eiders and an Arctic Loon.  2014 we had a close up Spectacled Eider.
Ken Archer

Ken Archer

Ken Archer has been a professional wildlife photographer for the last 25 years. His work is widely published and he is a former first place category winner in Nature’s Best Photo Contest and an overall winner of the Wyoming Wildlife Photo Contest. He has spent a great deal of time photographing wildlife in the American West. Ken uses Canon.

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