|Gary McGuffin photographing a muskox|
The Noatak River basin is a spectacular, untouched region, containing no roads or trails, and is protected in it's wild and natural state. Many species of mammals were encountered on the adventure; including caribou, grizzly bear, Dall sheep, wolf, fox, muskox, and more.
Approximately 100 species of birds are arctic breeders: They are migrants rather than permanent residents and we saw many of them. Only 11 species are capable of living in the Arctic all the year round: gyrfalcon, raven, black guitlemot, redpole, rock and willow ptarmigans, Ross's and ivory gulls, dovekie, thick-billed murre, and snowy owl.
Below, is a field study of a Snowy Owl from my sketchbook journal.
A nice day along the Noatak
For additional information about this exciting wilderness expedition, read Gary McGuffin's reports via satellite phone during the trip: http://www.sootoday.com/content/news/details.asp?c=46085