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YELLOWKNIFE AURORA BOREALIS AT ITS BEST
MARCH 9 – 14, 2015 WITH DR. WAYNE LYNCH
Ancient Inuit believed that the aurora borealis was the torches of spirits guiding souls to a land of happiness and plenty. First Nations peoples along the Pacific Coast thought that auroras were the cooking fires of Eskimos boiling whale blubber. My grandfather believed they were the reflection of the sun off the polar icecap. Auroras have inspired countless colorful stories and legends; their shifting curtains of green, red and purple light, pulsating across a blackened star-filled sky, are fuel for the imagination and never fail to amaze and captivate.
When viewed from space, an aurora forms a bright crown of light encircling the northern polar region. Yellowknife, the capital city of the Northwest Territories and the most northern city in Canada, lies under the magical Auroral Oval where northern lights occur on 100 percent of nights when it’s dark enough to see the displays. Auroras are most intense around the autumn and spring equinoxes so our tour in March is at an optimal time. As well, the month of March has the greatest percentage of clear skies, the least amount of winter snowfall, and the warmest winter temperatures—a time when it’s truly energizing to be outside in nature.
Photo by Dr. Wayne Lynch
OrientationThe orientation course will be held on Wednesday March 4, 2015, 7 – 9:30 pm, at the University of Calgary campus. The main topic of discussion will be the fascinating science of the aurora borealis. Understanding the science behind the northern lights doesn’t rob the displays of any of their beauty and makes the spectacle even more exciting to witness. As well we’ll explore some interesting topics in winter ecology. Subjects of special interest to the instructor include the natural history of: ptarmigan and northern grouse, ravens and gray jays, red foxes, and wood bison in winter, all of which we hope to see on the tour. Everyone will want to photograph the spectacular displays of the aurora and a segment of the orientation evening will be spent discussing digital camera and lens choices, and how to make the best aurora photographs. The itinerary and travel arrangements will also be discussed.
Every participant will receive a copy of Auroras: Fire in the Sky, by Dan Bortolotti and Yuichi Takasaka, Firefly Books, Toronto, 2011, as part of the course materials.
ItineraryTwo lunches and two dinners in total are included on this trip.
MAR 9 Depart Calgary for Yel-lowknife. The city of Yellowknife is located on the northern shore of Great Slave Lake, the tenth largest lake in the world. This community of roughly 20,000 inhabitants bills itself as the Aurora Capital of Canada and is one of the three best locations on the planet to view the northern lights. Fairbanks, Alaska and Tromso, Norway are the other aurora hotspots but both are more expensive to reach than Yellowknife and neither has as many daytime wildlife viewing pos-sibilities.
MAR 10 – 13 For the next four days our small group of six participants will explore Yellowknife and its surrounding wildlands in our own
private 7-passenger van. Each night from roughly 9:30 pm to 3 am we’ll travel far from the distracting lights of the city to where we can view the northern lights at their best. On three of these nights we will base ourselves at a remote cabin where we can stay warm, enjoy soup, bannock and sweets while the aurora dances overhead.
Mornings will be free for some extra sleep or strolling around town, but our afternoons will be busy with winter activities. We’ll introduce you to snowshoeing and the thrill of tromping through powder snow in a boreal wilderness, and dog sledding over frozen northern lakes. If weather permits we’ll also make a daylong ex-pedition to see wintering wood bison in the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary. Typically, these shaggy, frost-coated beasts rest and graze beside the highway; generally ignoring travelers who can observe and photograph them from relatively close distances. As well, if time and energy permits we’ll drive some of the many roads surrounding Yellowknife to search for red foxes, willow ptarmigan, gray jays and ravens and discover how northern wildlife thrives despite the snow and winter temperatures.
MAR 14 Return to Calgary.
Accompanying Resource PersonDr. Wayne Lynch is an internationally-recognized naturalist, science writer and professional wildlife photog-rapher. His photo credits include
hundreds of magazine covers, thou-sands of calendar shots, and tens of thousands of images published in over 60 dozen countries. He is also a popular guest speaker, and audiences worldwide applaud his practical and entertaining approach to natural history. As well, he is the author and photographer of over 50 natural history books for children, young adults and adults. Two of his books relevant to this tour include: The Great Northern Kingdom—Life in the Boreal Forest and Planet Arctic—Life at the Top of the World. He is an elected fellow of the Explor-ers Club and the Arctic Institute of North America, and his biography has been included in the Canadian Who’s Who, published by the University of Toronto, since 1996. He has made dozens of trips to the boreal forest and the arctic.
Airfare $900Land, tuition and other costs $3,000GST $35TOTAL $3,935Single supplement $700
Cost includes: Tuition and orientation course, airfare, accommodation, transfers, all surface travel, and meals as listed in the itinerary. A deposit of $500 is required with the registration form. There is a $200 withdrawal fee prior to the final payment date. Final payment is due on October 15, 2014. Please see the Refund Policy section for withdrawal/refund procedures and liabilities. Fees are based on the information available at the time of print and are subject to change to reflect any changes in currency rates, airfares, or land costs. There are possibilities of decreases or increases, and any changes will be reflected on the final payment and passed on to the participant. All fees are based on double occupancy.
Photo by Dr. Wayne Lynch
Photo by Dr. Wayne Lynch
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¨ TANZANIA AND THE SERENGETI PLAINS February 7 – 23, 2014 with Dr. Wayne Lynch
¨ TOULOUSE TO BORDEAUX: THE SOUTHWEST OF FRANCE April 14 – 27, 2014 with John Gilchrist
¨ EXPLORE BARCELONA AND THE CATALONIA REGION May 5 – 20, 2014 with Kenneth Brown
¨ THE HISTORIC UKRAINE May 13 – 29, 2014 with Dr. Valery Efimenko
¨ CHICAGO’S GOT THE BLUES! June 1 – 9, 2014 with John Charles Reid
¨ GREAT CITIES OF THE ADRIATIC: FROM VENICE TO DUBROVNIK June 7 – 24, 2014 with Dr. John Humphrey
¨ WILD BORNEO: RAIN FORESTS AND ORANGUTANS August 13 – 31, 2014 with Dr. Wayne Lynch
¨ AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNEY THROUGH WESTERN TURKEY September 4 – 26, 2014 with Dr. John Humphrey
¨ WILD PATAGONIA AND EASTER ISLAND November 14 – 29, 2014 with Dr. Wayne Lynch
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