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State of Alaska

Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus ©Anita Ritenour - Wikipedia Website

Alaska is a rugged, wild and spectacularly beautiful place that provides home at least part of the year to some 474 documented species of birds. A vast wilderness of snow-capped mountains and wide glacially carved valleys, tidal flats and forests, rivers and lakes, alpine tundra and glaciated peaks provide habitat for a diversity of birds. Birds travel to Alaska from all over the world to breed during the short arctic summer and to feast in the abundance of available food. Alaska’s 33,904-mile coastline boasts fjords, estuaries, bays, rocky and sandy beaches, and extensive mudflats that provide fuel to migrating shorebirds and waterfowl. Millions of nesting seabirds can be found along the rugged coastline of southeast Alaska and the Aleutian Archipelago. These rookeries are a delight to birder’s who come to watch the thousands of murres, kittiwakes, gulls, and puffins. In addition, Alaska’s expansive tundra provides nesting habitat for millions of migratory species such as tundra and trumpeter swans, emperor geese, brants, ducks and terns. Just as spectacular to view are the bald eagles which gather in the thousands every year to feed on salmon in Haines.

In addition to the millions of migratory birds that make Alaska their home for part of the year, Alaska hosts many specialty birds. These specialty birds include all five species of loons, four species of eiders, three species of Ptarmigan, Pacific and American Golden Povers, Hudsonian and bar-tailed godwits, all three jaegers, Aleutian terns, Arctic warbler, Bluethroat, northern wheatear, yellow and white wagtails, snow bunting, and gray-cheeked thrush. Asian vagrants such as brambling, Eurasian Wigeon, Terek Sandpiper, Siberian Rubythroat, and Hawfinch are rare visitors to places such as the Pribolof Islands on the western outskirts of Alaska.

Whether you are coming to search out the elusive whiskered auklet near Dutch Harbor or to witness one of the largest gatherings of spring-migrating shorebirds in Cordova you will want to take your time and plan well in advance for your birding adventure in Alaska. Alaska’s size and diversity of habitats can be a challenge to visiting birders who do not know exactly when and where they want to go. Alaska has many recognized birding-tour companies offering high quality birdwatching trips with experienced local birders who can arrange trips and make sure you get the most out of your birding adventure in Alaska. Even if your trip to Alaska doesn’t take you out into the wilderness, you can do some of the finest birding in the country in Anchorage. Anchorage is the only city of its size that still has breeding loons. Breeding red-throated, common, and Pacific loons can be found on many of the city lakes and are easily accessible to birders.

The best time to visit Alaska depends on the type of birding you want to focus on. In general, the beginning of May through the end of September is the best birding season. Some of the most impressive shorebird migrations begin at the end of April through the middle of May when snow is still on the ground and temperatures can still be chilly. Breeding songbirds begin arriving in early May through the first week of June. Winter months can be the best time to observe wintering eiders, long-tailed ducks, whiskered auklets, and harlequin ducks along the coast.

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Barrow Area

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Barrow is the northern most town in the U.S., and is situated on the arctic coast of Alaska at 71o18 North by 156o40 West. The population is about 4500, of which a majority is native Inupiat. Although many modern conveniences are available in Barrow, the subsistence life style is still much in evidence, and fishing, hunting, and whaling are a way of life and central to the culture. Barrow has been continuously occupied for 5,000 years by people who have learned how to live in the harsh arctic climate. A new Heritage Center, opened in 1999, should be on the list of sites for every visitor.

Barrow is one of the top 100 birding spots in America. Although the diversity of birds is somewhat small, the annual visitors are spectacular. All four species of Eider ducks migrate along the coast and nest in the tundra around Barrow. Numerous other ducks and waterfowl also nest in the millions of small puddles and lakes across the tundra. Barrow is also prime habitat for many shorebirds. Perhaps the most spectacular summer visitor and breeder is the snowy owl, from which comes the Inupiat name for Barrow, Ukpeagvik, which translates to place to hunt snowy owls. Now days the owls are observed and studied.

Barrow is the only spot in America one can reliably expect to see the elusive Ross's gull, which shows up, sometimes in great numbers during the last week of September through the first couple of weeks of October.


Sirena Brownlee

Expert Birder, Xtremely Alaska, LLC

Anchorage, Alaska


Brian & Leslie Watson

Barrow Area Contributor

King Eider Inn, Barrow, Alaska



Number of Species

Number of bird species: 510

As of 1 January 2016


Number of endemics: 2

Amchitka Cormorant Phalacrocorax kenyoni McKay's Bunting Plectrophenax hyperboreus



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Useful Reading

Alaska's Birds

A Guide to Selected Species - Robert Armstrong Paperback - 124 pages (April 1994) Alaska Northwest Books

ISBN: 0882404555

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Bird Songs of Alaska

Leonard J Peyton Series: MACAULAY LIBRARY OF NATURAL SOUNDS 2 CD Set. Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology 1999

ISBN: 0938027468

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Birds of the North Gulf Coast - Prince William Sound Region, Alaska

ME Isleib and B Kessel 149 pages, b/w photos, 14 figs. University of Alaska Press 1992 re-print

ISBN: 0912006390

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Field Guide to Bird Nests and Eggs of Alaska's Coastal Tundra

Tim Bowman 81 pages, 600 photos. Alaska Sea Grant College Program 2004

ISBN: 9781566121293

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Guide to the Birds of Alaska

Robert H. Armstrong Paperback - 322 pages (May 1995) Alaska Northwest Books

ISBN: 0882404628

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The Birds of Alaska

Russell Rogers Series: INTERNATIONAL FIELD CHECKLIST SERIES 10 pages Russell Rogers 1993

ISBN: 9999003893

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The Birds of the Seward Peninsula, Alaska

B Kessel 33 pages, 19 b/w plates, maps, line drawings. University of Alaska Press 1989

ISBN: 0912006293

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Useful Information

State Bird

Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Alaska Birding & Wildlife Tours

Tour Operator

Professional guides will show you the abundant and diverse wildlife of St. Paul Island, in the Alaskan Pribilofs. These tours are designed for wildlife enthusiasts, bird watchers, and photographers seeking a truly unique destination.

Birding Pal


Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

High Lonesome Ecotours

Tour Operator

Why choose High Lonesome Ecotours for your birding trips in Alaska? First, we offer a small group experience where economically feasible with typically 6 to 12 participants. Second, we visit the most popular birding hot spots in Alaska, and we schedule it so that you can do one trip, or string together as many as five trips to different desitnations…

Nahanni River Tours

Tour Operator

For nearly two decades Neil Hartling and Barry Beales of Nahanni River Adventures and Whitewolf Expeditions have fine tuned the most extensive offerings of the best of the north. In 1997 the two companies joined together to capitalise on the strengths of each outfit. The resulting selection has been referred to as the life list of northern rivers - all must do`s.

Trip Reports

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Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2006 [06 June] - Pete Morris


With a grand total of 200 species of birds, and 25 species of mammals, this, our fifth tour to Alaska, was once again a huge success. We were largely blessed with good weather (at times positively hot!) and as a result, were able to complete the tour circuit without a hitch. Avian highlights were many and the following is just a taster: great views of all five species of diver (loon) in breeding plumage; stupendous views of all four species of eider…

2006 [09 September] - Dave Tannahill - Nome & Gambell


I birded Nome and Gambell Alaska with Dick Wood of Tucson, AZ.. In case any of you ever travel to Gambell the following is what we did and what we learned…

2009 [06 June] - Chuck Bell


…Our small group met our guides from Wilderness Birding Adventures at a B&B in Fairbanks…

2010 [06 June] - Scott Bowers


This trip to Alaska involved hiking on St. George Island in the Pribilofs, hiking in Denali National Park, and boating in the Petersburg area…

2011 [06 June] - Greg Smith - The Travelling Naturalist

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It took all of us about three days to arrive in Anchorage before the start of our trip, but by this morning we had everyone but two. We walked down to Cook Inlet from our lodging at the Copper Whale to bird the edge and work our way down to Westchester Lagoon…

2012 [06 June] - April Grunspan - Alaska and British Columbia

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Avie, my husband, and I took a fourteen day cruise on Holland America's flagship MS Amsterdam from June 15 - 29. This is the last year Holland America is offering this itinerary and we'd been speaking about trying to bird Alaska for several years. This seemed like the perfect opportunity and we grabbed it…

2012 [06 June] - Charles Spagnoli

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From May 31 to June 11, 2012, I took a birding trip to Alaska - the first couple of days on my own, and then on the Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT) organized tour to Gambell and Nome. VENT is well enough known that I don’t have to sing their praises, but it was my first tour with them and I thought they did an excellent job; in particular you can’t do much better for guides than David Wolf and Kevin Zimmer. Actually, it wasn’t until after the tour, when I was looking into recent splits and the way they affected my life list, that I discovered exactly how prominent Kevin’s name is in the birding world. It seems like he’s written every paper on bird speciation that’s out there…

2013 [06 June] - Kevin Zimmer

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It seems as if I often begin Alaska trip reports with some variation of “No two trips to Alaska are ever the same,” and this year’s Barrow Extension was a perfect example. After more than a week of persistent warm, sunny weather that stretched from Nome to Denali for those carrying on from the Alaska Mainland tour, and from Denali through Seward for those carrying over from the Grand Alaska tour, we arrived in Barrow to find temperatures in the mid-30s and wind chills in the low-20s…

2013 [06 June] - Megan Crewe & Pepe Rojas

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Few places in North America evoke the "last frontier" feeling that Alaska does. It's vast (twice the size of Texas) and wild (fewer than one million people live there) and much of it is unlike anywhere that most of us have ever been… ..

2013 [07 July] - Barry Lyon

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For most of us, our notion of “Alaska” is a land of noble scenery, a bigger than life “last frontier” punctuated by high mountains, vast glaciers, wild animals, and the midnight sun. Such visions of Alaska are, in fact, accurate. Alaska is a land of arresting landscapes; its wildlife is spectacular; and it is a frontier, honed by rugged climactic conditions and equally rugged terrain. However, the Alaska of Anchorage, the Alaska of salmon-filled rivers, and the Alaska of Mt. McKinley are also places long since discovered by the “mainstream.”

2013 [10 October] - Dave Stejskal & Pepe Rojas


…The one bird that we did come to see, the fabulous Ross's Gull, was, thankfully, present in dizzying numbers during our stay. I had seen a grand total of nine Ross's Gulls up to that point in the world over nearly thirty years of guiding tours (the Pribilofs, Nome, Barrow, and Churchill), and we blew by that number in the first 30 minutes out at the base of the Pt. Barrow spit…

2014 [10 October] - Eric Hynes & Tom Reed


...A significant surf with waves breaking right on the beach really churned up the zooplankton and generated a phalarope and gull feeding frenzy literally at the water's edge. Red Phalaropes, Glaucous Gulls, and Black-legged Kittiwakes were numerous and cooperative. Present in lower numbers but no less cooperative were the beautiful Ross's Gulls and first winter Thayer's Gulls. What made our views of these birds so memorable was the glorious light. How could you ever forget those pink bellies?...

2015 [06 June] - Cameron Cox

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...If you want a face-to-face encounter with a Tufted Puffin a trip to Alaska’s St Paul Island will deliver that and more. Then there are the “normal sights”, jaegers patrolling the tundra, Boreal Chickadees scolding from clumps of spruce, Pectoral Sandpipers hooting and fighting like tiny owls with serious rage issues. It all becomes overwhelming after a while.

2015 [06 June] - Chris Benesh - Pribilofs & Denali


...Highlights from the Denali section of the trip included great looks at Gyrfalcon, Spruce Grouse, American Three-toed Woodpecker and, best of all, a Northern Hawk Owl we saw along the Denali Highway. There were a number of interesting mammal sightings along the way, too, with Moose and a variety of pinnipeds being highlights.

2015 [06 June] - Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson


...After reconfiguring our transportation (thanks for your help, Kris!), an early morning start out the Kougarok Rd. led us to the land of Willow Ptarmigan and Bluethroats, those lovely Old World gems. After pauses to enjoy a Rusty Blackbird, flocks of Greater White-fronted Geese, and other wonderful arctic sights, we arrived near Coffee Dome, the arena for our search for Bristle-thighed Curlews.

2015 [06 June] - Megan Edwards Crewe & Pepe Rojas - Nome, Seward & Barrow


...We began with a visit to some feeders near town, where we enjoyed great views of Pine Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin, and Rufous Hummingbird, and had wonderful studies of Downy and Hairy woodpeckers side by side.

2016 [05 May] - Pribilof Islands, Nome, Barrow, Denali & Kenai Peninsula


2016 [06 June] - Craig Robson & Mark Beaman

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The highlights among the 193 bird species that we enjoyed in 2016 were too numerous to mention, but included: Spruce Grouse, Emperor Goose, over 100 Spectacled Eiders, Steller’s and King Eiders, Gyrfalcon, Hudsonian Godwit, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Rock Sandpiper, Bristlethighed Curlew, a flock of 300 Sabine’s Gulls, Red-legged Kittiwake, Aleutian Tern, Marbled, Kittlitz’s, and Ancient Murrelets, Parakeet, Least, Crested and Rhinoceros Auklets, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk-Owl, American Three-toed and Black-backed Woodpeckers side-by-side, two distinct forms of Pacific Wren, Varied Thrush, Sooty Fox Sparrow, and the impeccable Smith’s Longspur.

2016 [06 June] - Forrest Rowland

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2016 [06 June] - Kevin Zimmer

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Spring came early to Alaska this year, following a winter with relatively little snow in most parts of the state. We felt the effects on the birds throughout the entire month of our Alaska tours, and although climate irregularities had negligible (if any) impact on the species tallied, there was no denying that the breeding cycles of birds and flowering cycles of plants were “off.”

2016 [06 June] - Kevin Zimmer - Barrow Extension

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As usual, our Barrow Extension delivered the expected mix of high Arctic breeding waterfowl, shorebirds, jaegers, and owls, with a few surprises thrown in, that have made this outpost at the “top of the world” (more accurately, at the top of Alaska) a must-visit destination for birders.

2016 [06 June] - Paul Rogers & Ray Tipper

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Alaska conjures up visions of snow-clad mountains surrounding deep fjords as well as miles and miles of treeless tundra and stimulates thoughts of the loneliness and hardship endured by men seeking a fortune in the “gold rush”. This tour brought all of this “to life”. A boat trip in the Kenai Fjords National Park produced spectacular scenery and wonderful sightings of Orcas, a breaching Humpback Whale, Sea Otters, a Black Bear and numerous species of sea birds including Horned and Tufted Puffins. Denali National Park was equally spectacular with the Mount McKinley dominating the area.

Places to Stay

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Gracious Lodge [& Flying Service]


Centrally located on the shortest, most scenic route to Denali National Park (less than an hour and a half away.) There are 20 modern cabins or motel units, most with private baths. Nearby for your enjoyment we have a bar and a cafe featuring ice cream and home-baked pies.

King Eider Inn


The King Eider Inn is recognized as Barrow's finest hotel by repeat guests and tourists alike. A quiet, clean, smoke-free atmosphere provides our guests with a relaxing and comfortable stay. Our hotel features a guest sauna, spacious rooms with attractive pine log furniture and a wood mantled stone fireplace in the lobby. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will make your stay enjoyable. We're located across from the Alaska Airlines Barrow terminal and within walking distance of local sites and attractions. Call us toll free at 1-888-303-4337 to make hotel reservations…

Tangle River Inn


For the photo hunter, the area also boasts bald and golden eagles, and swans…


American Bald Eagle Foundation


The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve is managed by the State of Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation with the assistance of the 13 member Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Advisory Council. Interpretive Wildlife Display and Education Center Located in Haines, Alaska; featuring a unique diorama of wildlife found in the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

Anchorage Audubon Society


The mission of Anchorage Audubon Society is to provide opportunities for learning about and enjoying wildlife and the natural environment, and to promote conservation of wildlife and protection of the natural environment through research, education, and action. We have about 1,500 members. The Anchorage Audubon Society serves the birding needs of Southcentral Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula. We offer informational resources as well as organized events like field trips and outings. Please browse through our site and come back often for the latest calendars and schedules.

Arctic Audubon Society


The Arctic Audubon Society, a chapter of the National Audubon Society, was chartered in 1977. Since that time, the chapter has been active in the Fairbanks area offering a variety of birding and educational opportunities to our members and the community.

Audubon Society in Alaska


Searchable list…

Fish & Wildlife Service


Alaska is home to over 445 species of birds. Most of these are migratory birds for which the Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible under international treaties and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Some of the birds stay in Alaska year `round. Most migrate to Canada, Central America, South America, Asia, or the lower 48 United States. In fact, birds from Alaska pass through virtually every other state in the Union (even Hawaii) on the way to their wintering grounds. Maintaining migratory birds and their habitats in Alaska is clearly a matter of national and international significance.

Juneau Audubon Society


Juneau is one of Alaska's nicest places to go birding. The combination of mountains, forest, wetlands, inter-tidal, and marine habitats, all accessible from the Juneau road and trail system, provides for extensive and diverse birding opportunities.

Kachemak Bay Birders


Nestled on the shore of Kachemak Bay, Homer is a birder's delight and a "must see" for all travelers to Alaska. Perched between boreal forest, alpine tundra, temperate rain forest, and a productive marine environment, the area accommodates a rich diversity of birdlife in all seasons and spectacular abundance at particular times. The purpose of this website is to provide you with all the information you need to plan your visit and to meet your birding needs when you get here...

Kodiak Audubon


The mission of Audubon Alaska is to conserve Alaska's natural ecosystems focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations…

Nature Conservancy in Alaska


Imagine… ancient forests, thousands of grizzlies, coastal streams brimming with salmon. You know, too, that in 200 years a great deal of it - bison, grizzlies, forests, and salmon - will be all but gone. What if you could bring modern science and conservation to that landscape to protect it? What would you do? What would you give for that opportunity? In Alaska, that landscape still exists. The opportunity is here. The time is now. In the following pages you'll read about the many ways The Nature Conservancy of Alaska is working to protect those landscapes in Alaska…

Prince William Sound Audubon Society


PO Box 2511, Cordova, AK 99574, 907-424-5877 - Milo Burcham, President


Alaska Bird Festivals


Annotated list

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

Facebook Page

Festival enthusiasm has led to protection of critical shorebird habitat. Kachemak Bay has been included in the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. Habitat has been acquired and city land permanently protected on the Spit, in Beluga Slough, and Overlook Park. These lands are being preserved for the future and the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival played an important part in the process...


Alaska University Museum Bird Collection


With emphasis on the birds of northwesternmost North America, including taxa endemic to Beringia and the circumpolar North, the Bird Collection is the best in existence of avian material from Alaska. Almost all bird species and subspecies known in Alaska are represented and are preserved primarily as skins, skeletons, and tissues. The collection consists of over 14,000 birds. Most recent preparations include skin, skeleton, tissue, and stomach samples for each individual.


Alaska National Wildlife Refuges


Clickable list of refuges…

Alaska State Parks


The state division responsible for parks. Links lead to parklands, state parks, and wildlife refuges in Alaska.

Arctic NWR


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During the brief arctic summer, the North Slope is home to millions of birds. Many come to nest and raise their young. Others come to molt or simply to pass through on migration. A few species are present year-round. Rock and Willow Ptarmigan are the most abundant birds during winter and are found in patches of willows where they feed mainly on the buds. Ravens are the most conspicuous winter birds. A few Gyrfalcons and Snowy Owls may also be present, depending on the abundance of prey.

Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve


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The Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve was created by the State of Alaska in June 1982. The Preserve was established to protect and perpetuate the world's largest concentration of Bald Eagles and their critical habitat. It also sustains and protects the natural salmon runs…

Chugach National Forest


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This stunning landscape stretches across south-central Alaska, from the salty waters and snowy peaks of Prince William Sound to the fabulous salmon and trout streams of the Kenai Peninsula, covering an area the size of New Hampshire. It is one of the few places left in the world where glaciers still grind valleys into the hard rock of the earth…

Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge


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At Creamer's Refuge wildlife and people share the forest, wetlands, ponds, and open fields. Creamer's Refuge protects and enhances quality habitat for a diversity of wildlife, especially waterfowl and other migratory birds, while also providing for compatible public uses, such as wildlife viewing, research, and nature education…

Denali National Park and Preserve


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Denali’s dynamic glaciated landscape supports a diversity of wildlife with grizzly bears, caribou, wolves, Dall sheep and moose. Summer slopes are graced with birds and wildflowers. Visitors enjoy sightseeing, backpacking, mountaineering, and research opportunities. Whether climbing or admiring, the crowning jewel of North America’s highest peak is the awe inspiring 20,320 foot Mount McKinley…

Kenai NWR


Satellite View

The Kenai Refuge consists of the western slopes of the Kenai Mountains and forested lowlands bordering Cook Inlet. The lowlands are composed of spruce and birch forests intermingled with hundreds of lakes. The Kenai Mountains with their glaciers rise to more than 6,000 feet presenting a barrier on the southeastern boundary of the refuge. The refuge is a miniature Alaska with some of all habitat types of Alaska -- tundra, mountains, wetlands, and forests. Kenai Refuge was established by President Roosevelt to preserve and maintain the large population of moose on the Kenai Peninsula. In addition, the refuge is host to Dall sheep, mountain goat, caribou, coyote, wolf, grizzly bear, black bear, lynx, wolverine, beaver, small mammals, and birds.

Tetlin NWR


Satellite View

Tetlin Refuge lies in eastern interior Alaska, bordering Canada's Yukon Territory, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, and the Alaska Highway. It is one of only two refuges in the state that are road accessible. Major physical features are characterized by broad, flat river basins bisected by rolling hills, extensive marsh and lake complexes, and foothill areas of the Nutzotin and Mentasta Mountains. Two large glacial rivers, the Chisana and Nabesna, flow northward through the refuge, joining near the refuge's northwestern boundary to form the Tanana River, one of Alaska's major rivers.

Yukon Flats NWR


Satellite View

Yukon Flats is about 100 miles north of Fairbanks -- the most northernly point reached by the Yukon River. Here the river breaks free from canyon walls spreading unconfined for 200 miles through a vast flood plain. In the spring millions of migrating birds converge on the flats before ice moves from the river. The migrating birds come from four continents to raise their young.


Bird Treatment and Learning Center


A Blog from Anchorage…

Other Links

Alaska Landbird Resource Information System


Boreal Partners in Flight - Alaska Landbird Resource Information System…



For many years, knowledge of bird migration in the Near Islands was only fragmentary, since they had been visited only sporadically by scientists. Then in the late 1970s, Dan Gibson of the University of Alaska Museum did the first intensive studies of spring and fall migration in the Near Islands, on Shemya Island. And beginning in the late 1970s, we began annual spring visits to Attu Island that have continued to this day. We now have a much more complete picture of bird distribution in the Aleutians.

Birding In Nome


Nome is a little know treasure for birders. The city of Nome is bounded by tundra on three sides and the Bering Sea coast on the other. Once the ice begins to break up, migration begins. Virtually the entire area of the Seward Peninsula that is accessible by road from Nome is comprised of extremely valuable nesting areas for many bird species including most North American waterfowl. You’ll even find quality birding on wetlands and beaches right in town….

Birds of Alaska


The enjoyment of birding in Alaska is enhanced by learning where and when to find the birds one is searching for…

Kodiak Bird Watching


Kodiak is a birder's paradise. Thanks to a mild climate and plentiful food supply, bird watching opportunities are excellent year-round. Over 200 bird species have been identified in the archipelago. Winter bird counts are usually the highest in Alaska, with some eighty species identified last year.

Louis Agassiz Fuertes and the Harriman Alaska Expedition


This site highlights a journal that Louis Agassiz Fuertes kept during the Harriman Alaska Expedition. In the summer of 1899, railroad magnate Edward H. Harriman funded a scientific expedition along the Alaskan coast. The expedition, intended initially as a family vacation, gathered an illustrious group of scientists, writers and artists, and combined scientific research with leisure activities…

Photographers & Artists

Gallery - Yukon Gullery


If you have not visited the Yukon Gullery recently then you will notice various changes. To better promote the study of gulls through images we have increased the size of the images - which will in turn increase your downloading time. There`s nothing worse than an over-compressed jpeg to ruin a good gull photo -- those delicate tertial patterns just disappear! As of March 1998, a total of 17 gull species have been documented in the Yukon.

Photographer - BJ Bergstrom