Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 16, 2017


Christmas Bird Count 2017 and Tally Potluck Chili Feed

 at the First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd – 5:30 PM

WELCOME TO THE ANCHORAGE AUDUBON CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT 2017

Anchorage Audubon Society sponsors the National Audubon Christmas Bird Count each year in December. Anchorage is divided into 5 Areas and those areas are further divided into teams, each led by an experienced birder.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, December 14, 2017

Birding Southeastern Arizona – A Birders Paradise for all Seasons – Andrew Fisher

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Southeastern Arizona is one of the top birding destinations in North America for its wide variety of regional endemics and Mexican vagrants. From easy to access Madera Canyon, to the mysterious rock formations of the Chiricahua Mountains, Southeastern Arizona is a place full of adventure, excitement, and some serious 3rd world road conditions.

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The Alaska Department of Fish & Game – Help Protect Potter Marsh – Donations Needed

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Help Protect Potter Marsh

Donations Needed

October 4, 2017 Update: With generous donations, The Conservation Fund is nearing its’ goal to protect Anchorage’s most beloved wildlife viewing area (150,000 visits a year!). We say “nearing”, because the goal hasn’t quite been reached yet. Read on and if you haven’t already generously donated, please consider doing so.

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Audubon Alaska – Birding Basics II – September 19, 2017

Audubon Alaska

Birding Basics II:  Become a Better Birder

You’re invited!

Do you have some basics down, but want to become a better birder? Explore the exciting world of birding in this workshop! During this all-ages program, you will learn how to identify birds in non-breeding plumage, learn about bird anatomy, and learn how to use apps and field guides to identify birds while in the field.
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Fall Potluck & Photo Sharing Party – September 21, 2017

Fall Potluck & Photo Sharing Party

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Join us Thursday, Sept. 21,  for Anchorage Audubon’s Annual End-Of-Summer Potluck Party and bring your favorite photos of your summer adventures.

Get together with your birding pals and share photos, tasty treats, and tall tales.  Bring a dish to share—Hot Or Cold but no plug-in heating devices are allowed in the room.  Plates, utensils & beverages will be provided as well as napkins for any sloppy eaters who attend.

Share your best photos with an ultimately appreciative audience.    Bring your own laptop if it makes your show better, or take a chance with ours.  Projector will be provided.

Wilson's Warbler

Wilson’s Warbler

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Northern Waterthrush

Northern Waterthrush

Emperor Goose

Emperor Goose


SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CONCERNING YOUR PHOTOS.

Presentations will be limited to 5 minutes on the first round.  When all presenters have had their turn, we’ll start at the top once again.  A $5 donation/fine to Audubon will be assessed for anyone who goes over the time limit.
We’ll re-cap summer Audubon outings and sightings.  Fabulous Prizes will be awarded.  Please note the early meeting time of 6:30 PM because it’s a pot luck dinner.

FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:  This year, in order to minimize set-up time at the party, you MUST submit your photos IN ADVANCE by Sunday, Sept. 17.

Contact W. Keys at  flybynightclub@gci.net to arrange for an early photo transfer. 

Photos should be in jpeg format, and should be consecutively numbered in the title to make sure they load in the order you intend. Just put them on a thumb drive and contact W. Keys.


Thursday, September 21, 2017:  6:30 pm

BP Energy Center

Fall Freeze Up Bird Walk – Saturday, October 14, 2017

Fall Freeze Up Field Trip

October 14, 2017

meet at the Cuddy Pond parking lot just south of the

Loussac Library and north of Cuddy Pond

8:30 AM

Come watch waterfowl and other birds at hotspots around town before the lakes freeze.

Andrew Fisher will lead this outing to a number of good waterbird locations around town including Westchester Lagoon and Lake Hood.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas – presented by Audubon Alaska

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us Thursday, October 19, for Anchorage Audubon’s October general membership meeting when Audubon Alaska will present their new Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas.

Who was Vitus Bering, what kind of name is Chukchi, and is Beaufort pronounced “buuefort”, “bowefort”, or “bowfort”?

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, November 16, 2017

Unfortunately the November 16 AAS meeting has been canceled

The Mysteries of American Dippers in Portage Valley

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Our November program is going to be greatDr. Douglas Causey (Biology Professor and Senior Arctic Advisor to the Chancellor at UAA) has been researching American Dippers for four (4) years with two (2) of his students, Rachel Jones and Saige Thomas.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, January 18, 2018

Some Birds of Eastern Australia

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us Thursday, January 18, for Anchorage Audubon’s January general membership meeting where Anchorage Audubon’s own Vivian Mendenhall will regale us with all she knows about birding Eastern Australia.

Australia has 850 species of beautiful birds, from parrots to pardalotes, and from frigatebirds to friarbirds. Most are not related to North American species.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, February 15, 2018

The Mysteries of American Dippers in Portage Valley

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Our February program is going to be greatDr. Douglas Causey (Biology Professor and Senior Arctic Advisor to the Chancellor at UAA) has been researching American Dippers for four (4) years with two (2) of his students, Rachel Jones and Saige Thomas.

On Thursday evening, February 15, we get the benefit of this research when they’ll tell us all about the Mysteries of American Dippers in the Portage Valley

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Annual Event – February 24, 2018

Anchorage Audubon’s Annual

Seward Winter Birding Field Trip

Work off all those Holiday Cookies!

Join Andrew Fisher and Anchorage Audubon for a free winter birding excursion to enjoy Seward’s diversity of wintering birds and the possibility of a few rarities.  Come dressed for a variety of weather conditions, bring your ice grippers, and plan for a fun day with great company!

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, March 15, 2018

Using Citizen Science to Study Boreal Bird in Southcentral Alaska:  Birds ‘n’ Bogs at Age 5

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us Thursday, March 15, for Anchorage Audubon’s March general membership meeting when Audrey Taylor, a faculty member in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at UAA will talk about her Birds ‘n’ Bogs Program

Audrey started Birds ’n’ Bogs with Audubon Alaska in 2013.

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Copper River Shorebird Festival – May 3 – 6, 2018

Copper River Shorebird Festival

Cordova, Alaska

Highlighting a vast number of migratory shorebirds stopping over on the Copper River Delta, this is truly a great festival in the fabulous  town of Cordova.  This is where you go for Avian tonnage!  This year’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Stephen Kress; the Vice-President for Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society and the Director of the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program and Hog Island Audubon Camp.… Read the rest

Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 10, 2018

Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks

Tired of just seeing magpies and ravens?  Welcome the Spring Songbirds!

Develop and fine-tune your birding skills and witness the progression of songbird migration through the Campbell Tract this spring. Join the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) staff and Anchorage Audubon Society members for a series of early morning outdoor bird walks May 10, 17, 24, & 31.Read the rest

26th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival – May 10-13, 2018

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

26th Annual Festival

Alaska’s largest birding festival features a huge array of field trips, seminars, and speakers.  2018 festival highlights include Keynote Speaker, Noah Strycker; Associate Editor of Birding magazine and featured presenters Raymond VanBuskirk and Iain Campbell.  Located in the bustling town of Homer, this will certainly be a birding highlight of the year.  There are field trips, boat trips, kayak trips,  ID seminars,  and this years’ festival spotlights the artwork of Homers’ own Erin Rae D’Eimon.… Read the rest

HawkWatch 2018 – March 7 – May 15, 2018

HawkWatch International

Count Hawks at Gunsight Mountain

at Mileposts 120 and 121 of the Glenn Highway 

This spring, a decades-long goal will happen for the third year in a row!  We have always wanted to do a complete and thorough Hawk Watch for an entire season at Gunsight Mountain. 

This year, thanks to Neil Paprocki, it will become a reality once again!
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Annual Event – March 23-24, 2018

The Big Anchorage Birding Day

Celebrate the First Day of Spring with

another Audubon Cutthroat Competition!!

Believe it or not, Spring is on the way, and what better way to celebrate than by scouring the Anchorage Municipality for birds.

From Eklutna to Portage–How many species can your team find in 24 hours from 5:00 PM on Friday March 23, 2017 until 5:00 PM on Saturday March 24, 2018.
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Membership Meeting – Thursday, April 19, 2018

Beginning Birding Class

The Perfect Opportunity to Learn

What This Crazy Addiction Is All About!

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

If you’re looking for the perfect way to learn what birding is all about, we will present a course in “Birding for Beginners” at Anchorage Audubon’s April 19 Meeting.

This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about Birds and Birding from the beginning, and it’s just in time for our Spring Migration arrivals.

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Annual Event – Hawk Watch Weekend – April 21 – 22, 2018

The Gunsight Mountain Hawk Watch Weekend

The Harlan’s Hawk Capitol

of the World!

at Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway:  10:00 AM

Our Annual Hawk Watch Weekend in collaboration with the Mat-Su Birders will take place this year on April 21 & 22nd.   It’s the Greatest Event of the Birding Year in Alaska!

Our Hawk Watch is known as “The Harlan’s Hawk Capital of the World” because you’ll see more Harlan’s Hawks here than anywhere else on Earth.… Read the rest

The Best Alaskan Hawkwatch Article

The Best Alaskan Hawkwatch Article

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The BEST Article Ever Written on Hawkwatching in Alaska!

A few years back, The American Birding Association’s magazine, Birding, ran an article about our own Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch by Paul and Cecily Fritz.

The Fritzes led the hawkwatch effort at Gunsight Mountain for many years, and this article describes the site perfectly.  They explain why our hawkwatch is very different from most other hawkwatch sites in the country, which raptors can be seen, when they can be seen, and why the birds even fly in a strangely different direction.… Read the rest