SOLD OUT: Please email to be put on the list for 2019!
What: See 1,000+ bald eagles in a seasonal event unlike any in the world, plus photograph rescued wildlife without bars at the Kroschel Wildlife Preserve (lynx, wolf, ermine, bear, moose, wolverine, snowy owl).
Dates: Thursday, November 8 – Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Cost: $3,500 ALL INCLUSIVE UPON ARRIVAL IN JUNEAU / Money-back guarantee of your deposit if the bald eagles don’t show!
- Includes ferry to and from Juneau and Haines up the spectacular Inside Passage
- All breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and lodging (only travel companions share rooms–price same for singles or double occupancy! Enjoy your OWN room with no single-supplement fee) in Juneau and Haines
- Excursion to Mendenhall Glacier for those arriving before 2pm on 11/8
- A photo trip inside the Kroschel Wildlife Preserve
- 5-days of guided trips into the famous bald eagle preserve with a naturalist and a photo guide, with bonus image review and instruction along the way
- A framed photo of your favorite image taken on the trip, sent to you after you return.
Deposit of $1,000 due on or before July 1 to hold your spot. Payment by check is preferred and helps us keep costs down! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to notify Wild Departures of your payment by check: Wild Departures, 709 Baseline Road, Boulder, CO 80302.
Join Alaska Magazine photographer, Michelle Theall in the Bald Eagle Preserve in Haines for the annual migration of thousands of bald eagles. This winter excursion promises tons of avian action in all weather conditions as the eagles descend to feed on the last salmon run of the season, unique to this area of Alaska.
Day 1: Arrive in Juneau before 2pm (if possible) and catch the free shuttle to check into our hotel by the airport. At 2pm, we’ll take a taxi out to Mendenhall Glacier to explore and photograph the icy lake and Nugget Falls. Dinner at 6pm as a group at our hotel.
Day 2: Breakfast at the hotel or on the ferry, depending on departure times. We’ll catch the morning ferry from Juneau to Haines, enjoying a spectacularly scenic 4-hour cruise through the Inside Passage, including views of Eldred Rock Lighthouse, glaciers, and possible marine life. We’ll disembark around noon, check into our hotel in downtown Haines, grab lunch, and make our first foray into the preserve for an afternoon shoot. Dinner that evening as a group.
Days 3-5: We’ll spend every morning and afternoon in the preserve, from sunrise to sunset, photographing eagles, moose, bears, trumpeter swans, and anything else we find along the way. We’ll have lunch catered while in the preserve to maximize our time with the flora and fauna. In the preserve, bald eagles fight, fish, soar, and perch in unparalleled numbers. On one of those days, we’ll attend a specially arranged private showing at the Kroschel Wildlife Preserve to photograph lynx, wolf, wolverine, ermine, and snowy owl in a natural setting. In the evenings we’ll gather for dinner and talk about images and shooting challenges we encountered. Individual time will be allocated for one-on-one help with photography or post-processing questions. In addition, our local naturalist guide will provide information and a historical perspective of the preserve and the Native culture of Haines.
Day 6: Depart the afternoon ferry for the return ride up the Inside Passage to Juneau. We’ll have dinner on the ferry, arriving around 8pm to check into our hotel in Juneau.
Upon arrival home, you’ll email us your favorite image taken from the trip (or select one taken by our photo guide) to have printed and framed and shipped to you to hang in your home or office as a reminder of your trip.