Black Bears of Coastal NC
May 15-17 (1 space left) | June 11-13 (full) | July 17-19 | July 27 (one-day tour)
Late Summer/Fall Dates will be Announced in the Early Summer
May 22-24 | June 1-3 | June 11-13 | June 29-July 1
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
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 (2 full days), $325 (one full day)
Limited to 4 Participants
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
AIRFARE/TRANSPORTATION TO THE OUTER BANKS
You will need to pay for your own meals. We typically eat meals together...at 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.