Alaska Bears with John Slonina

Join us in Alaska on a Bear Photo Tour. We will be staying at a lodge in the heart of bear country. We will fly to numerous locations that have the highest bear density in the world. We will visit sites where the grizzly bears are most active within Katmai and or Lake Clark National Park. This allows us to cover different areas, find the action, and change the backgrounds as needed. This is an incredible opportunity for an adventure that few people will ever experience.

The main goal of this trip is to photograph grizzly bears. We will be photographing numerous bears and beautiful landscapes. We will spend several hours with them in different habitats. We will also look for other wildlife. If the weather conditions permit, we may do a side trip to photograph Walruses.

CONSERVATION: Sockeye Salmon Spawning

Story and Photographs by Andrew Snyder

 

Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) making the jump up a small falls en route to spawning – Katmai, Alaska. © Andrew Snyder

 

Andrew Snyder is a new NANPA board member, a professional biologist and photographer, and a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Mississippi.  He recently posted a piece on maptia.com, a website devoted to stories and photography of the natural world, about the annual spawning of sockeye salmon, which return to freshwater rivers from the Pacific Ocean each year to lay their eggs.

When sockeye salmon are born, they spend between one and two years in freshwater lakes or streams.  Then, they migrate to the ocean and spend two or three years there.  Once they’re ready to spawn, they head back to the river where they were born. Continue reading