Gambell is a Siberian Yupik village of about 650 people located on the northwest tip of St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Although part of Alaska, St. Lawrence is only 35 miles off the coast of the Chukchi Peninsula (Siberian Russia). Most of the village income is derived from walrus hunting and the sale of raw or carved ivory and artifacts. Native carvings and artifacts are available for purchase (cash only) which benefits the local economy.
On most days, Siberia is clearly visible in the distance and, since it is on the other side of the International Date Line, you are actually looking at tomorrow. For birders, the amazing potential for high Arctic and Asian vagrants is Gambell's primary draw. Most of the Asian species recorded in North America have been seen in Gambell and its environs. We will spend most of our time within a few miles of the village. Huge colonies of Parakeet and Least and Crested Auklets nest on cliffs within walking distance. Northwest Point provides a "super-highway" for migrating seabirds passing very close to the island, including Arctic and Yellow-billed Loons, Dovekie, Emperor Goose, Ivory Gull, and many other seabirds and ducks. Three-centuries-old boneyards often hide vagrant passerines, with past sightings including Eurasian Bullfinch, Hawfinch, and Common Cuckoo. The marsh about two miles from town is superb for shorebirds and typically yields several of the Asiatic species.
Registrants must be Mass Audubon members at the time of the trip.
Contact Jennifer Riley for complete itinerary: 781-259-2206 or firstname.lastname@example.org.