Alaskas western coast in the Bering Sea, the five Pribilof Islands are home
to an eye-popping array of seabirds and the northern fur seal.
There are several flights a week from Anchorage and by cruise
Much of St. Paul and St. George islands are privately
owned by the local Native corporations. In 2004, permits were not required to
visit or cross corporation lands. Permits are required to visit the fur seal viewing
blinds and can be acquired from the tribal governments once you have reached the
islands. Permits, available from the tribal governments, are also required for
reindeer hunting. Visitor services are available
on both islands.
Galapagos of the North
to as the "Galapagos of the North," the Pribilof Islands are a naturalists
paradise. The two largest islands offer the best and most accessible marine bird
and mammal viewing and photography from land. Both St. George and St. Paul islands
have visitor services and can be reached
by scheduled aircraft from Anchorage two to four times a week and by cruise ship.
Each summer, an estimated 3 million seabirds and
1 million marine mammals come to breed and raise their young. Twelve species of
seabirds nest in the Pribilofs, including the rare red-legged kittiwake. The soaring
cliffs of St. George Island host nearly 2.5 million of those birds in one of the
largest seabird colonies in the northern hemisphere.
Landfall Near Asia
birders will also find that the Pribilof Islands during migration offers an excellent
opportunity to observe birds typical of Asia that are rarely seen in North America.
Home to Aleuts
Known as the "Seal Islands," the
Pribilof Islands comprise the largest Aleut community in the world. St. Paul Island
is easier to visit and has a well-developed tour service (St. Paul Island Tours,
offered by TDX, the local Native Corporation). St. Paul Island has more wetlands
and varied habitat as well as the majority of fur seals. St. George Island has
more spectacular bird cliffs, the majority of seabirds, and more off-road viewing
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Last updated:September 8, 2008