Annual Event – March 24-25, 2017

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 24, 2017 until 5:00 PM on Saturday March 25, 2017.

It’s a Big Day to usher in Spring. Who knows what will turn up?

It’s simple: Get a team together and go birding. All team members must see all birds counted by the team. (some exceptions apply for larger teams.)  Bird as much or as little of the 24 hours as you like.

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Annual Event – April 15-16, 2017

The Gunsight Mountain Hawk Watch Weekend

The Harlan’s Hawk Capitol

of the World!

at MP 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 15 & 16th.   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.

There is no ornithological tailgate party like this anywhere in the country, and this year we know of at least one birder who’s traveling all the way from Utah for the event.

Celebrate the return of spring migrating raptors with this annual Anchorage Audubon field trip of the spring. Migrating raptors that can be seen along the ridge line near MP 118.8 include Golden Eagle, Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk, Rough-legged Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Northern Goshawk, American Kestrel, Peregrine Falcon, and Merlin. Swainson’s Hawk and Osprey have also been seen migrating through this area as well as Swans, Lapland Longspurs, Snow Buntings, and the occasional Northern Hawk Owl.   Bring warm clothing, binoculars, spotting scopes, lunch, snacks, and lawn chairs and sit back while you watch migrating raptors glide over the nearby ridge.

Generally great weather, albeit a little chilly sometimes – The dog doesn’t quite seem so enraptured by the passing raptors as is everyone else.

The Hawkwatch is a spectacle that is unrivaled in Alaska.  It’s a great gathering, a fabulous party, and the birds are astounding.  If you have never attended the Hawk Watch, you’ll never be the same.  The scenery is gorgeous!

Hawk Watch Panorama taken from a 100 Megapixel image of the Chugach Mountains to the south of MP 118.8 of the Glenn Highway

Meet at 10:00 AM at the wayside at Milepost 118.8, Glenn Highway. A short raptor identification talk will take place at 10:30 AM.  On Sunday, April 16, the Mat-Su Birders will host their annual Hawk Watch Potluck BBQ at the same location.   For details on the Mat-Su Hawk Watch – www.matsubirders.org/html/calendar.html.

Hawk Watch – Northern Harrier (note the black wing tips)

A special birder’s banquet will be hosted by the Sheep Mountain Lodge on Saturday night, and plans include a talk by the Professional Hawkwatchers from Hawkwatch International who once again will be conducting an entire-migration census of the site during March, April, and May.  Rooms are available at The Lodge for those who want to stay on site for the entire Hawkwatching Weekend.

Hawk Watch 2012 – Golden Eagle

And once again, Anchorage Audubon and the Mat-Su Birders are honored to supply Port-A-Potties at the event for your Hawkwatching pleasure.   

We’d Love to Have You Join Us.

Saturday & Sunday, April 15 & 16, 2017

MP 118.8 Glenn Highway

 

 

 

Membership Meeting – Thursday, April 20, 2017

Adventures in India

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Our April Program is another first for Anchorage Audubon.  We have never had a presentation on the birds and wildlife of India, and this will be an unbelievable treat.  Julie Jessen is a stunning photographer with amazing stories to tell.

Imagine India and you may think of big cities and people…but do you think about wildlife? Photographer Julie Jessen had the opportunity to spend five weeks exploring India’s wildlife and wild places earlier this year.

 

Join us on April 20 at 7:00 PM to experience the wonder of India–from one-horned rhinos in monsoon-influenced Assam to snow leopards in the high elevations of Jammu & Kashmir. Julie’s talk will include tips and tricks on photographing birds and wildlife on YOUR next adventure.

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Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 4, 2017

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 4, 11, 18, & 25. Walks are from 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM.

 

Please meet in the Campbell Creek Science Center parking lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the Science Center afterwards, courtesy of Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center.

The Campbell Creek BLM Birdwalks will continue on May 11, 18, and 25th.… Read the rest

25th Annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival – May 4-7, 2017

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

25th Annual Festival

Alaska’s largest birding festival features a huge array of field trips, seminars, and speakers.  2017 festival highlights include Keynote Speakers, J. Drew Lanham from Clemson University and author/photographer Paul Bannick (The Owl and the Woodpecker).  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 year’s festival spotlights the artwork of the late George C. West.

 

 

For more information go to:  http://kachemakshorebird.org/

 

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – Sunday, May 7, 2017

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

 

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Copper River Shorebird Festival – May 4 – 7, 2017

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 none other than David Allen Sibley – the ultimate Field Guide guru.

Also featured will be esteemed biologists Joan Walsh, Lisa Kennedy, Samantha Franks and a special presentation by The Alaska Hummingbird Project’s-Kate McLaughlin.  

 

For more information go to http://www.copperriverdeltashorebirdfestival.com to find out why 5 Million Shorebirds Can’t be Wrong.

Also this year, Major Marine Tours will feature a special birding boat trip from Whittier to Cordova, and there will be an New Event:  Shorebird Airboat Tours.… Read the rest

Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 11, 2017

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 11, 18, & 25. Walks are from 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM.

 

Please meet in the Campbell Creek Science Center parking lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the Science Center afterwards, courtesy of Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center.

The Campbell Creek BLM Birdwalks will continue on May 18, and 25th.… Read the rest

Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 18, 2017

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 18, & 25. Walks are from 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM.

 

Please meet in the Campbell Creek Science Center parking lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the Science Center afterwards, courtesy of Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center.

The Campbell Creek BLM Birdwalks will continue on May 25th.… Read the rest

Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival – May 18 – 21, 2017

Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival

Where the river ends and the birding begins!

The Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival is growing every year.  This year’s weekend features their signature Kenai River Birding Float Trip,  a Kasilof River Float Trip, a 24 Hour Midnight Sun Big Sit, and plenty of walks & tours.  The Kenai River Viewing Platform is always a hotspot, and there’s no telling what will show up during the festival weekend.

Keynote Speaker is Lynn Barber.  She broke the Texas big year record with 522 species, and in 2008 she tallied 723 bird species in the ABA Area.   In 2016, she smashed all previous records for an Alaska Big Year, and she will tell the tale of that adventure in her presentation.… Read the rest

Potluck Party and Pro-Am Bird Walk – May 25, 2017

Potluck Party and Pro-Am Birdwalk

Sloppy eaters…bring your game on!

Because Spring Birding is at it’s peak, Anchorage Audubon has decided to CANCEL our regular third-Thursday monthly program at the BP Energy Center and have a party instead. It’s a potluck, a chance to tell birding lies, and a chance to casually stroll around the Westchester Lagoon area with other birders looking for new arrivals.  PLEASE NOTE that we’ve pushed the date back one week because the weather is totally guaranteed to be warmer.

We will also feature our Spring Pro-Am Birding Tournament.  Experienced birders will pair up with inexperienced birders for a 30 minute contest to find the most species on Westchester Lagoon.  The time goes by like lightning, and it’s always a treat to see what can be found in a very short period of time.

Bring a dish to share, tales to tell, binoculars, and gear appropriate for the day’s weather.  We’ll bring plates, utensils, and Audubon Society approved napkins for sloppy eaters.

Thursday, May 25, 2017:  6:00 pm

Westchester Lagoon Boat Launch Parking Lot

 

Event Wrap-up – 2017 Potluck Party and Pro-Am Bird Walk

Event Wrap-up – 2017 Potluck Party and Pro-Am Birdwalk

Last Thursday’s Westchester Lagoon Pro-Am Birding Challenge was a fabulous success!

It was hailing 5 minutes before the potluck started, but it stopped by the time the first pizza was consumed. When it was time to Bird, the sun was shining. It was a fabulous Spring Day in Alaska!

Twenty nine intrepid birders were in attendance including Cadia who is possibly the youngest birder ever to show up at an Anchorage Audubon event.

Cadia – The youngest (undocumented) ever birder at an Anchorage Audubon Event!

Louann’s Team crushed the competition with 21 species found in 30 minutes. Second place was an 18 species tie between Trapper Dan’s team and the Big Sit Team led by Dianne Toebe and Keith Confer.

Any day that includes birding, pizza, competition, AND a rainbow has to be a great one!

The Big Sit Team tied for 2nd without even moving from the starting point!

We hope to see you at This Sunday’s Smackdown for an even more serious competition.

Twenty nine intrepid birds are all smiles as they brave the elements.

 

Weather ranged from hail to rain to sprinkles to sunshine and to this odd weather phenomenon.

Potter Marsh Birdwalks – May, 2017

Potter Marsh Birdwalks

Sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Audubon Alaska

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Audubon Alaska will lead Bird Walks at Potter Marsh on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and Saturday mornings from 8:00 – 10:00 AM from May 20 through July 29.

It’s a family-friendly event for all levels of birders.  Binoculars are available for loan (no charge).  Spotting scopes and field guides will also be available.  Walks will take place rain-or-shine so dress accordingly.  Meet your guide at the boardwalk entrance kiosk at Potter Marsh.

Please meet at the entrance kiosk to the Potter Marsh boardwalk. Dress appropriately for the weather.


The May, 2017 Potter Marsh Birdwalks will continue on May 23, 27, and 30th.  … Read the rest

Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown – June 4, 2017

The Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown

Not your Mother’s Birding Contest!

Once again it’s Anchorage’s greatest Birding Smackdown. How many bird species can your team find within Potter Marsh between 8:00 AM and Noon?  How much food can you bring to the Potluck Picnic immediately following the contest period at Noon?  Whose team has the best name?

 

Fabulous Prizes will be awarded for most species seen. Teams may consist of 2 – 6 people.  The team must remain within voice or sight contact and must fit into one vehicle.  Species may only be counted if they are seen/heard by the entire team (Exceptions:  6 – person teams may count birds seen by 5 members, and 5-person teams may count birds seen by 4 members.)

 

Check-in is at 7:30 AM in the parking lot at the north end of the marsh.  Teams will be given a check list and a Potter Marsh map on which to log the location of each species seen.  At the end of the contest, we’ll re-cap what teams have discovered to allow all participants to re-locate desired species.

The Motley Crew

Entry fee is $20.00 per team.  Exact change is required. The Official Smackdown ends precisely at Noon.  Teams will be penalized one species per minute late.  Birds may be counted Only if seen from designated roads and trails in the Potter Marsh area.  No stopping or walking will be allowed on the West side of the New Seward Highway. Birds seen in non-designated areas may be counted if the observers are standing within a designated area.

Arctic Tern

SPECIAL SAFETY RULES:  No stopping is allowed on the New Seward Highway except in designated turn-outs on the East side of the highway, and pulling into the designated turn-outs is only allowed for vehicles traveling NORTH.  Parking in a manner that blocks other teams from using a pull-out will result in a penalty of 15 species.

Everybody is welcome, so assemble your team, whip up a dish to share, and meet us Sunday Morning at 7:30 AM for a hilarious birding field trip with Fabulous Prizes!  Birding will be limited to the Potter Marsh area, and who knows what rarities will show up when there are birders combing every inch of an area that usually just gets the once-over.

Lincoln Sparrow

Will Audubon Alaska get their clock cleaned by Anchorage Audubon?  Can members of the Mat-Su Birders hang with the guys from the big city?  If you don’t have a team, show up anyway and we’ll try to assemble teams on the spot.    It’s the anti-social event of the ornithological season.  If another team won’t tell you where they just saw a Pectoral Sandpiper, you are totally allowed to use “enhanced interrogation techniques.”  This is not your Mother’s Birding Contest.  We hope to see you June 4, at the Potter Marsh North Parking Lot.

For questions, email flybynightclub at gci dot net

The Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown – Not your Mother’s Birding Contest!

Sunday, June 4, 2017:  7:30 AM

 

Potter Marsh Wildlife Viewing Platform

 

 

Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 25, 2017

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 25. Walks are from 6:30 AM – 8:30 AM.

 

Please meet in the Campbell Creek Science Center parking lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the Science Center afterwards, courtesy of Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center.

This marks the end of the Campbell Creek BLM Birdwalks for 2017.… Read the rest

Audubon Alaska – Map Exhibit – August 4, 2017

Audubon Alaska

Map Exhibit:  Explore Alaska’s Arctic Waters

You’re invited!

Join Audubon Alaska to celebrate the release of their Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas, a comprehensive atlas featuring over 100 maps of Arctic marine mammals, seabirds, sea ice, subsistence, and more.

Come view a selection of their dynamic maps, learn about their conservation work in the Arctic, and find out how you can advocate for the protection of these ecologically vital places. Free event. Light refreshments provided. Beer, wine, and cocktails available for purchase.

Please contact 907-276-7034 or
audubonalaska@audubon.org
for more information.

Map Exhibit:  Explore Alaska’s Arctic Waters

Friday, August 4, 2017

 

49th State Brewing Company – 717 West 3rd Avenue

 

 


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USFWS Breeding Bird Surveys – Volunteers Needed – June 1 – July 8, 2017

USFWS Breeding Bird Surveys

volunteers needed for eighteen (18) select Alaska Locations

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is looking for volunteers with a passion for birding in Alaska to conduct breeding bird surveys in eighteen (18) select locations throughout Alaska.

Background Information:

The Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) began in 1966 as part of an effort to gain information on North American bird populations. Over the past 45 years, the program has spread beyond the contiguous United States to include Alaska, Canada and northern Mexico states. The BBS has become the leading source of long-term population data for more than 400 North American breeding bird species.

The BBS is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Environment Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations.

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Potter Marsh Birdwalks – June, 2017

Potter Marsh Birdwalks

Sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Audubon Alaska

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Audubon Alaska will lead Bird Walks at Potter Marsh on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and Saturday mornings from 8:00 – 10:00 AM from May 20 through July 29.

It’s a family-friendly event for all levels of birders.  Binoculars are available for loan (no charge).  Spotting scopes and field guides will also be available.  Walks will take place rain-or-shine so dress accordingly.  Meet your guide at the boardwalk entrance kiosk at Potter Marsh.

Please meet at the entrance kiosk to the Potter Marsh boardwalk. Dress appropriately for the weather.


The June, 2017 Potter Marsh Birdwalks will continue on June 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, and 27th.  … Read the rest

Yakutat Tern Festival – June 1-4, 2017

Yakutat Tern Festival

To highlight the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of Yakutat by establishing a festival celebrating Aleutian terns.

Alaska’s newest Birding Festival is a treat for all.  This year’s festival features Keynote Speaker, botany professor, and seabird biologist Dr. David Duffy.  Featured artist is Debbie Miller.  An optional Yakutat Bay charter boat field trip will be available as well as  special rates on Alaska Airlines.

 

The Yakutat Tern Festival has an extensive website.  Special rates are offered by Alaska Airlines to and from Yakutat for their Tern Festival.  

For more information go to:  http://www.yakutatternfestival.org/index.htm


Thursday, June 1 – Sunday, June 4, 2017

Yakutat, Alaska

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Potter Marsh Birdwalks – July, 2017

Potter Marsh Birdwalks

Sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Audubon Alaska

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game and Audubon Alaska will lead Bird Walks at Potter Marsh on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, and Saturday mornings from 8:00 – 10:00 AM from May 20 through July 29.

It’s a family-friendly event for all levels of birders.  Binoculars are available for loan (no charge).  Spotting scopes and field guides will also be available.  Walks will take place rain-or-shine so dress accordingly.  Meet your guide at the boardwalk entrance kiosk at Potter Marsh.

Please meet at the entrance kiosk to the Potter Marsh boardwalk. Dress appropriately for the weather.


The July, 2017 Potter Marsh Birdwalks will continue on July 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, and 29th.… Read the rest

Membership Meeting – Thursday, September 15, 2016

Potluck & Photo Sharing

 at the BP Energy Center – 6:30 PM

 Join us Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016  fwhimbrelor 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.

wilsons-warblerSEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW CONCERNING YOUR PHOTOS. 

Presentations will be limited to 5 minutes on the first round. 

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