Wildlife Viewing Seasonal Calendar

Sea otter and pup, the pup has fuzzy hair standing on end while the mom has smooth wet hair that has been groomed.
These fuzzy sea otters are visible throughout the year, with pups typically being born between February and April.

NPS Photo / S. Schaller

The world of Glacier Bay is a very different place from season to season. A walk along the quiet, snowy paths of Bartlett Cove in January may reveal the tracks of river otters, porcupines, and even wolves, that would be hard to make out at any other time. In June, newly born harbor seal pups may dot the icebergs on an adventure up the waters of Glacier Bay. Find out what wildlife one might encounter during a visit to the park in each season with the Wildlife Viewing Seasonal Calendar.

a black bear holds a salmon in its mouth with rocks and vegetation in the background.
Spring Wildlife Viewing

Bears emerge from their dens, some migrating birds arrive, and mountain goats move to lower elevations: There is lots to see in Glacier Bay.

a humpback whale breaches partially out of still water, with land in the background.
Summer Wildlife Viewing

Glacier Bay is alive with wildlife in the summer months. Catch a humpback whale breach, or watch harbor seals with their pups.

a mountain goat stands alone on a bare rock cliff.
Fall Wildlife Viewing

Fall is a season of migration for many animals in Glacier Bay. Moose and mountain goats are in rut, and predators enjoy late runs of salmon.

a moose stands in between snowy bushes, looking at the camera
Winter Wildlife Viewing

Snowy landscapes provide some of the best opportunities to see wildlife tracks, and often force animals to coastal areas.

Last updated: March 10, 2023

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