The Pribilof Islands provide some of the best birding opportunities in Alaska. The islands are the seasonal homes for approximately 2.5 million birds representing more than 200 different species and are often viewed on cliffs, beaches, tundra and wetlands. Least auklets are frequently seen as they pass over the villages, commuting the volcanic hills and the sea. On the cliffs common murres compete for space with tufted and horned puffins, crested auklets, red-faced cormorants and red-legged kittiwakes. Birding is often part of organized guided tours but also can be enjoyed simply walking the basic roads and hiking trails to popular viewing spots.
The focal point of St Paul is SS Peter and Paul Church, whose rich Russian Orthodox interior with its icons can be visited.
This is St George's impressive Russian Orthodox church. Interpretive tours can be arranged that include visiting the church along with the former St. George Seal Plant, the only remaining facility in the world where the fur sealing process can be re-visited.
Each summer more than a million northern fur seals arrive at the Pribilof Islands to breed and raise their young, representing the largest gathering of sea mammals in the world. Visitors use blinds that have been erected on beaches to observe the northern fur seals as well as Steller's sea lions, walruses and sea otters.
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