Campbell Creek Estuary Birding This Friday – June 24, 2016

Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area – “Little Sit”

Friday, June 24

160623-yellow-rumped-warblerThis Friday, June 24, Frank Clemens will be hosting a “Birding Topics & Tangents” little sit at the Beluga Overlook at Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area from 6pm-9pm.
“We will, of course, bird and see who is resident in the area, but it will also be a time for discussion on all things birding and tangents such as optics, field guides, apps, and digiscoping.  Come join us for some birding and camaraderie.”

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It’s a great outing for beginners and experienced birders alike.  Come and go as you can, but, in light of recent events, always be aware of your surroundings and watch for moose.

Fall Potluck & Photo Sharing Party – September 15, 2016

Fall Potluck & Photo Sharing Party

Thursday, September 15, 2016

whimbrelJoin us Thursday, Sept. 15,  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.

 

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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. 11.

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, November 17, 2016:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown – June 11, 2016

The Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown

Saturday, June 11

160611-potter-marsh-a-thon-1Once 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.)
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Three years ago, the winning team included Sandy Komito from “The Big Year.”  You never know who will show up for a Birding Smackdown!

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, species locations will be discussed to allow all participants to re-locate desired species.  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.

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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 travelling 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 Saturday Morning at 7:30 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.

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 11 at the Potter Marsh North Parking Lot.

For questions, email flybynightclub at gci dot net

Campbell Creek Science Center Early Morning Birdwalks – Thursdays May 19 & 26, 2016

Campbell Creek Science Center Early Morning Birdwalks

at the Campbell Creek Science Center – Thursdays, May 19 & May 26, 2016

There are TWO MORE Thursday morning birdwalks left this spring at the Campbell Creek Science Center.  Co-sponsored by the BLM and Anchorage Audubon,  it’s a chance to develop and fine-tune your birding skills as we seek out newly arrived migrants.  

 

Last Minute Reminder for the Potluck Party and Pro-Am Birdwalk – May 26, 2016 – May 25, 2016

Potluck Party and Pro-Am Birdwalk

Thursday evening, May 26, Anchorage Audubon presents one of our favorite yearly events. 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.

This replaces our usual monthly indoor meeting, and it’s a chance to get outdoors with your birding pals—-but wait–there’s more!

After we’ve devoured everything on the potluck tables, we’ll choose up sides.  Experienced birders will lead teams of less-experienced birders, and they will have 30 minutes only to scour Westchester Lagoon.  Prizes will be awarded to the teams that find the most species in only 30 minutes.  It’s a birding sprint, and everyone is invited!

 

Last Minute Reminder for Campbell Creek Science Center Early Morning Birdwalks – Thursdays May 19 & 26, 2016 – May 16, 2016

Campbell Creek Science Center Early Morning Birdwalks

Thursday – May 19,2016 and Thursday – May 26, 2016

There are TWO MORE Thursday morning birdwalks left this spring at the Campbell Creek Science Center.  Co-sponsored by the BLM and Anchorage Audubon,  it’s a chance to develop and fine-tune your birding skills as we seek out newly arrived migrants.  

 

Potluck Party and Pro-Am Bird Walk – May 26, 2016

Potluck Party and Pro-Am Birdwalk

May 26, 2016

Thursday evening, May 26, Anchorage Audubon presents one of our favorite yearly events. 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.

This replaces our usual monthly indoor meeting, and it’s a chance to get outdoors with your birding pals—-but wait–there’s more!

After we’ve devoured everything on the potluck tables, we’ll choose up sides.  Experienced birders will lead teams of less-experienced birders, and they will have 30 minutes only to scour Westchester Lagoon.  Prizes will be awarded to the teams that find the most species in only 30 minutes.  It’s a birding sprint, and everyone is invited!

 

Westchester Lagoon Potluck Party & Pro-Am Tour – July 07, 2012

2012 Westchester Lagoon Potluck Party & Pro-Am Tour

July 07, 2012

Saturday, July 07, Anchorage Audubon met for one of our favorite yearly events. The Westchester Lagoon Potluck Party and Pro-Am Tour, to tell birding lies and casually stroll around the Westchester Lagoon area with other birders looking for new arrivals.

After everything was devoured on the potluck tables, we choose up sides.  Experienced birders lead teams of less-experienced birders, each having 30 minutes only to scour Westchester Lagoon.  Prizes were awarded to the teams that found the most species in 30 minutes.  It was a birding sprint, and fun was had by all!

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Anchorage Area Rarity – Falcated Duck – May 3, 2019

Location: Potters Marsh – South Pullout (61.0559178, -149.7986537) – Anchorage, AK

First Seen: May 3, 2019

Last Seen:  May 4, 2019

Discovered by:  First observed, positively ID’ed, and reported by Bill T.  Later confirmed and further reported by Tasha D..  Seen by numerous other birders including Andrew F., Scott S., Eric Y., and Keith C.  Last seen by Enric F.… Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – Eastern Kingbird – August 8, 2018

Location:  Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area (61.131911, -149.964865) – Anchorage, AK

First Seen:  August 8, 2018

Last Seen:  August 16, 2018

Discovered by:  First observed, positively ID’ed, and reported by Hannah V..  Seen and later confirmed by Andrew F, W Keys. Enric F., Tim S., and Eric Y. Seen by numerous other birders including Louann F. and Keith C.  Last seen by Nick H.… Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – Sharp-tailed Grouse – December 16, 2017

Location:  999-906 Stolt Lane (62.213094, -149.915536) – Anchorage, AK

First Seen:  December 16, 2017

Last Seen:  February 13, 2018

Discovered by:  First observed, positively ID’ed, and reported by Michael W (visiting Anchorage CBC birder)..  Seen and later confirmed by Andrew F, W Keys. Enric F., Tim S., and Eric Y. Seen by numerous other birders including Louann F. and Keith C.  … Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – Ruff – September 24, 2017

Location:  Point Campbell Park mudflats – Anchorage, AK

First Seen:  September 24, 2017

Last Seen:  September 24, 2017

Discovered by:  First observed, positively ID’ed, and reported by Peter S..  Seen and later confirmed by Enric F., Tim S., and Eric Y. Seen by numerous other birders including Brad B., Andrew F., and Keith C.  Last seen by Andrew F.

Relative Rarity:  Very rare for Anchorage with three (3) other prior records (according to the eBird database). … Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – Sabine’s Gull – July 29, 2017

Location:  Between Chester Creek mouth and Lynn Ary Park (mudflats) – Anchorage, AK

First Seen:  July 29, 2017

Last Seen:  August 2, 2017 (continuing as of this date at Lynn Ary Park)

Discovered by:  First observed, positively ID’ed, and reported by Declan T..  Seen and confirmed by Enric F., W. Keys, and Eric Y. Seen by numerous other birders including Tim S., Lynn B., and Keith C.  … Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – Emperor Goose – April 15, 2017

Location:  Loussac Library (east side) – Anchorage, AK

First Seen:  April 15, 2017

Last Seen:  May 3, 2017 (continuing as of this date at Tina Lake near Dowling Road)

Discovered by:  First observed, positively IDed, and reported by Bob P..  Seen, confirmed, and further by Buzz S.  Seen by numerous other birders including Keith C.                                                                            Declan T, Gary R., Julie C, Larry R.… Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – House Finch – March 25, 2017

Location:  365 Gold Avenue – Girdwood, AK

First Seen:  March 25, 2017

Last Seen:  April 1, 2017 (continuing as of this date)

Discovered by:  First observed, positively IDed, and reported by Thede T.  Seen, confirmed, and photographed by wkeys.  Later even that that and in subsequent days seen by numerous other birders.

Relative Rarity:  First ever record for Anchorage!  About eight (8) other records in Alaska, all of those in the South-east Alaska Region.… Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – Hawfinch – March 2, 2017

Location:  Two locations in the same Hillside neighborhood:  1st Location:  Metz Court, 2nd Location:  Park Hills Drive – Anchorage, AK

First Seen:  February 28, 2017

Last Seen:  April 3, 2017 (continuing as of this date)

Discovered by:  Neighborhood resident.  First observed, positively ID’ed, photographed, and reported by Enric F.  Later seen, confirmed, and photographed by numerous other birders.

Relative Rarity:  First ever record for Anchorage or south-central Alaska for that matter!Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – Franklin’s Gull – May 23, 2016

Location:  Mouth of Ship Creek – Anchorage, AK2016-franklins-gull

First Seen:  May 23, 2016

Last Seen:  May 24, 2016

Discovered by:  First observed, positively IDed, and reported by David S.  Later seen, confirmed, and photographed by Aaron B., Enric F. Keith C. Tim S., and a few others.

Relative Rarity:  Less than annual in Anchorage.  About seven (7) other records in Anchorage in the last 35 years or so.  … Read the rest

Anchorage Area Rarity – Black Oystercatcher – May 7, 2016

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Location:  First observed at Carr-Gottstein Park – Anchorage, AK on May 7, 2016, later observed at Spenard – Anchorage, AK on May 26, 2016.  Possibly the same bird?

First Seen:  May 7, 2016

Last Seen:  May 26, 2016

Discovered by:  First observed, positively IDed, and reported by Keith C at Carr-Gottstein Park on May 7, 2016.  Later observed, positively IDed, and reported by Aaron B., Enric F.… Read the rest

Beginning Birding Class Reminder – April 21, 2016 – April 20, 2016


Thursday – April 20, 2016

Beginning Birding Class This Thursday – April 20, 2016

Just a Reminder that Anchorage Audubon is presenting a course on “Birding for Beginners” Tomorrow night.  Everyone is welcome to learn what birding is all about.

Tell your friends who might be interested in a new way to see the world!  This evening will be a fabulous chance to learn about birdwatching without having to wear funny hats.  And of course, cookies will be served.

We’d Love to Have You Join Us:

Thursday, April 21, 2016:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

 


WAHOO!
We’ve updated our website with a
complete schedule of Spring Events:

  1. The Beginning Birding Class – April 21, 2016
  2. The BLM Early Morning Bird Walks – May 5,12,19,26
  3. Mat-Su Birders’ Goose Bay Bird Walk – May 8, 2016
  4. Westchester Potluck and Pro-Am Bird Walk – May 26, 2016
  5. Statewide Shorebird Festivals


 

Beginning Birding Class – April 21, 2016 – April 18, 2016


Thursday – April 21, 2016

Beginning Birding Class

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 our April 21 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.bbclass-1

W. Keys, Aaron Bowman, and the Audubon Board will attempt to cover it all in one evening:  What you need to begin,  How to use a field guide,  What to look for in the field,  Where to find birds in Anchorage,  How to use binoculars,  How to hear birds,  What is migration all about,  as well as basic bird identification and their incredible behaviors.  It’s a simple look into the wondrous events that are happening outside your living room window every single day.

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Why do we like birding?  Author Thomas Dunlap said it best:  “It’s easy to begin and impossible fully to master.”

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Everyone is welcome.  Bring the kids.  Tell your friends who might be interested in a new way to see the world!  This evening will be a fabulous chance to learn about birdwatching without having to wear funny hats.  And of course, cookies will be served.

We’d Love to Have You Join Us:

Thursday, April 21.   7:00 pm

BP Energy Center