BLACK BEAR EXPEDITION
(Photography and Wildlife Enthusiasts)
Outer Banks Area, North Carolina
April 28 - May 2, 2020
( 5 Days / 3 Days Black Bear Encounters )
We are headed to the Outer Banks region of North Carolina, to seek out the largest of the wild black bear species, for an opportunity to observe and photograph these animals. The Outer Banks region of North Carolina is located on the Roanoke River, about seven miles (11 km) upriver from its mouth, into the Albemarle Sound. The black bears around the Albemarle Sound are the largest of their species, often growing to more than 600 pounds. Even female black bears here can reach 300 pounds. Elsewhere in North America, male black bears usually don’t exceed 200 pounds, and females usually reach a maximum weight of about 150 pounds. Here bears get really big and a few have weighed more than a 1,000 lbs.
Not only are these coastal bears huge, they are also abundant. We have chosen this location because there are an estimated 8,000 plus bears in this area. Which is one of the largest concentrations of black bears in the southeastern United States.
We will pick you up from the New Bern Airport (EWN) and travel 1 1/ 2 hours, via private vehicle, to the coastal town of Columbus, NC. When we arrive, we will check you into your hotel. The evening is yours to relax and prep cameras and gear for our trip in the early morning.
7PM we will get together to discuss the plans for the week, as well as photography tips for the morning session.
Day 2 - 4 ( 3 days wildlife viewing)
(AM Session). We will leave the hotel early (6AM), and spend the morning seeking out bears, and if we are lucky, red wolves, around the Alligator River National Refuge area and the Albemarle Sound. Every day is different and the bears are always moving, so we will arrive early to scout for our trips, to ensure the very best success for this trip. Once we find the bears, we will help you set up your cameras, seeking out the best opportunities to capture images and videos you will be happy with.
At noon, We break for lunch and then return to our hotel. You can spend the next few hours relaxing, downloading and recharging your camera batteries.
(PM Session). In the afternoon (3PM-ish) we will return to the refuge, seeking out more bears. We will stay until we run out of light (8PM is sunset). Or if the bears have already departed for the day, we will head to a few spots we have visited, for a shot at some pretty sunset photography opportunities.
Please note; these are long full days, seeking out wildlife.
We will depart at 7am and drive you to the New Bern airport (EWN) for your journey home. Make your return flights after 12 noon.
The Outer Banks region of North Carolina is rich in diverse wildlife, while our focus will be the black bears, we will also stop and photograph any wildlife we may encounter during our time here. (These images are of NC wildlife we have captured during our expeditions.)
THE ENDANGERED RED WOLF
While we are out here, we will also be looking out for the rare and elusive red wolf. We are hoping for an opportunity to photograph these elegant predators as well. The region around Alligator River National Refuge is the only place in the world were these extremely rare wolves can be found in the wild. According to Federal reports, there are less than 25 red wolves left in the wild, and around 200 red wolves left in the world. Sadly, the red wolf is considered to be functional extinct - which means the reduced population no longer plays a significant role in ecosystem function, as well as, the small population of breeding individuals will not be able to sustain itself due to inbreeding depression.
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