Spotting wildlife from cruise ships
The best way to find wildlife is to learn about their habits. Ask a Park Ranger what habitats support wildlife in Glacier Bay.
On land, scan over suitable habitat with your binoculars, watching for movement or obvious silhouettes. On the water, use just your eyes first. Watch for any movement or unusual shapes on the surface, then use the binoculars to take a closer look.
Patience and determination are often rewarded and binoculars help magnify the experience.
Animals of Glacier Bay
Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series
Southeast Alaska Wildlife Viewing Calendar
Did You Know?
Lupines are hardy pioneers typically growing in areas with nutrient poor soil, like those of a retreating glacier. The fine hairs on their stems and the undersides of their leaves help to deflect wind and retain heat for more favorable growing conditions.