Travel: na­tional parks

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Contents -

What to see on a visit to De­nali Na­tional Park in Alaska

1 GYRFALCON

The world’s largest fal­con is present in the park all-year­round, un­like most of De­nali’s birds. These pow­er­ful hunters are known to prey on snow­shoe hares, ground squir­rels and ptarmi­gan. They give birth to their chicks in March and care for them in freez­ing tem­per­a­tures.

2 GRIZ­ZLY BEAR

These om­ni­vores are usu­ally soli­tary, ex­cept for fe­males ac­com­pa­nied by their cubs. Oc­ca­sion­ally, they can be found con­gre­gat­ing in small groups in ar­eas abun­dant in food, such as berry patches or along rivers when salmon are spawn­ing.

3 CARI­BOU

The De­nali cari­bou herd in­hab­its most of the park to the east of the Fo­raker River and north of the Alaska Range. Both sexes grow antlers, which can reach over a me­tre in length. In the sum­mer, they are usu­ally ac­com­pa­nied by calves, which are born from mid-May into June.

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