VENTflash #224: Circumnavigation of Hokkaido: Japan's Wild Island - Free Webinar! August 03, 2017
Posted by Victor Emanuel
On Wednesday, August 16, my colleague Barry Lyon and I will host a free webinar, the next in our series of webinars in collaboration with Zegrahm Expeditions, in which we’ll discuss VENT’s upcoming cruise: Circumnavigation of Hokkaido: Japan’s Wild Island, May 19-June 3, 2018.
For this special trip, we’ll travel aboard the beautiful Caledonian Sky, voyaging from Honshu (“mainland” Japan) north through the Sea of Japan to Hokkaido before performing a circumnavigation of Japan’s northernmost island.
Hokkaido: Japan’s Wild Island
Designed especially for birders and those with an interest in the history, culture, and landscapes of Japan, we’ll visit a number of ports and islands along all sides of the Hokkaido coast including Otaru; Teuri, Rishiri, and Rebun islands; Abashiri; Kushiro; and Muroran. Birders and nature enthusiasts will be thrilled by visits to important seabird breeding grounds, islands blanketed with wildflowers, and national parks home to marvelous panoramic scenery and a wonderful range of native birds and mammals. Innumerable highlights await, including a visit to a colony of nesting Rhinoceros Auklets tens of thousands of birds strong; a day at Kushiro Marsh to see the iconic Red-Crowned, or Japanese Cranes; and seeking the Brown Bears of Utoro and specialty birds like White-tailed Eagle and the endemic Spectacled Guillemot and “Japanese” Pygmy Woodpecker. As an added bonus, our cruise route includes a day of birding on the Russian island of Sakhalin where Yellow-breasted Bunting and Long-tailed Rosefinch await.
While birders will delight in the program’s nature-oriented activities, others will take advantage of an assortment of enticing cultural options including the opportunity to travel aboard the famed shinkansen (high-speed train), ride a cable car to the summit of Mount Moiwa Odori, visit the morning markets of Abashiri and Hakodate, and visit a number of museums among many other planned activities.
This cruise route was constructed by Mark Brazil, an expert birder and ornithologist with Zegrahm Expeditions who lives in Japan. Representing VENT will be David Wolf, one of VENT’s longest serving tour leaders who brings many years of birding experience in the North Pacific Ocean.
To register for the free webinar, please see the invitation that follows.
Please visit our website to learn more about this remarkable trip.
Spectacled Guillemots — Photo: Zegrahm Expeditions
Free Webinar on Wednesday, August 16
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours Presents:
Circumnavigation of Hokkaido:
Japan’s Wild Island
May 19 – June 3, 2018 | 16 Days | Aboard the Caledonian Sky
Join Victor Emanuel and Barry Lyon of Victor Emanuel Nature Tours for a free webinar! On Wednesday, August 16, learn more about our upcoming expedition, Circumnavigation of Hokkaido: Japan’s Wild Island, a trip VENT will offer in collaboration with Zegrahm Expeditions, May 19–June 3, 2018. Hokkaido is the second largest, northernmost, and least developed of Japan’s four main islands. Characterized by dramatic volcanic scenery, rugged coastlines, and numerous national parks, Hokkaido is a paradise for outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts. During scenic cruising and excursions for birds and wildlife, search for iconic Red-crowned Cranes, a variety of island and regional specialty birds, and impressive megafauna that includes eagles, Brown Bears, and whales.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
2pm EDT | 1pm CDT | 12pm MDT | 11am PDT