Black Bears of Coastal NC

The coastal region just west of the famous beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks may be the best place in North America to photograph black bears.  This area is home the most concentrated black bear populations (and some of the largest black bears) in the world and is a photographic adventure that you simply have to experience.  It's not uncommon to have 50+ unique bear sightings in a day.

Imagine having more than 20 bears in view at one time, seeing more than 50 different bears in a day or photographing cubs in trees.  In addition to the bears on these National Wildlife Refuges, you could also have the opportunity to photograph other wildlife such as; numerous birds, bobcat, deer, coyote, fox, reptiles, amphibians…and maybe even the elusive red wolf that was reintroduced in this area.

Although bears in this area do not hibernate and can be seen all year (even in the winter when the area is home to massive flocks of waterfowl), my favorite time of year for a bear photography experience is the late spring through early fall.  Because the bears are so accessible, most of the photography will occur either from the vehicle or right outside the vehicle (so there is very little walking or hiking).  


  •  2 Full days of photographing bears on the Albemarle Peninsula (The highest density of black bears in the world)

  • All transportation provided during the trip…including any necessary 4x4 travel

  • Small group of 4 photographers

  • Additional wildlife subjects include red wolf, bobcat, deer, various birds (raptors, owls, songbirds), alligator, turtles, raccoon and more

  • Expert photographic instruction

Black Bears of Coastal NC

May 15-17, 2019 - SOLD OUT
June 11-13, 2019 - SOLD OUT
Additional Dates for the Late Summer and Early Fall will be announced in early summer.

General Itinerary:
Day 1   PM - Meet in Nags Head, NC - Photograph Black Bears at one of the National Wildlife Refuges
Day 2  AM - Photograph Black Bears at one of National Wildlife Refuges
            PM - Photograph Black Bears at one of National Wildlife Refuges
Day 3  AM - Photograph Black Bears at one of National Wildlife Refuges

Workshop Fee:  $590

Limited to 4 Participants



    You will need to pay for your own meals. We typically eat meals some of my favorite restaurants

    I highly recommend purchasing travel insurance

  • LODGING - Discounted lodging is available and will be forwarded to you upon request or registration.


    All transportation during the workshop period is provided.

    All entrance fees and permits for all National and State Parks are included

    Extensive field instruction will be tailored to the needs of each student

    I will keep the vehicle stocked with water and light snacks

Please visit the "General Workshop Information" page to see what sets my workshop experiences apart from the rest.

Black Bears of the NC Coast
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