Annual Event – Hawk Watch Weekend – April 20 – 21, 2019

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 20 & 21st.   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!

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… Read the rest

Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 9, 2019

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 9, 16, 23, & 30. 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 16, 23, and 30th.… Read the rest

Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 16, 2019

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 16, 23, & 30. 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 23, and 30th.… Read the rest

Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 23, 2019

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 23 & 30. 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 30th.… Read the rest

Potluck Party and Pro-Am Bird Walk – May, 23 2019

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.

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Campbell Creek BLM Early Morning Birdwalks – May 30, 2019

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 30 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.

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Yakutat Tern Festival – May 30-June 2, 2019

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.  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, May 30 – Sunday, June 2, 2019

Yakutat, Alaska


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Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown – June 8, 2019

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.)

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Fall Photo Sharing Party – September 19, 2019

Fall Photo Sharing Party

Thursday, September 19, 2019

It’s party season again at Anchorage Audubon, and we’d love it if you’d join us Thursday, Sept. 19,  for Anchorage Audubon’s Annual End-Of-Summer Photo Sharing Party.  Bring your favorite photos of your summer adventures and make the rest of us totally jealous.

Get together with your birding pals and share photos and tall tales.  PLEASE NOTE:  This party has traditionally been a potluck which cannot happen this year because the Energy Center has prohibited bringing outside meals into the facility.  We’ll make up for it with extra cookies.

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. 

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, October 17, 2019

Membership Meeting  – Thursday, October 17, 2019

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

We’re not quite sure about the presentation just yet, but we are sure that it will be both educational AND entertaining.

Come and join us and your birding pals for an evening.

 

 

We’d Love to Have You Join Us:

Thursday, October 17, 2019:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

 


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Membership Meeting – Thursday, November 21, 2019

Membership Meeting  – Thursday, November 21, 2019

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

We’re not quite sure about the presentation just yet, but we are sure that it will be both educational AND entertaining.

Come and join us and your birding pals for an evening.

 

 

We’d Love to Have You Join Us:

Thursday, November 21, 2019:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

 


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The Anchorage Big Day Wrap-up!

The Anchorage Big Day Wrap-up!

another Audubon Cutthroat Competition!!

 

It was not only a Big Day, it was a Ginormous Day!
 
Last weekend eight teams and twenty intrepid birders faced off in a contest to see which team could find the most bird species within the Municipality of Anchorage on approximately the First Day Of Spring. And nothing went as expected!
 

There was a team comprised of birders from Spenard AND from Muldoon, which proves that people from widely different cultures can, in fact, get along with each other. There was an Immigrant Team where local birders welcomed a visitor from Colorado to join them, and they weren’t the least bit afraid that he would steal their jobs.

 

All together the teams tallied FORTY-SIX different species, but the winners found only 31 of them. This was an all-time low percentage of 67% of the total species seen by the winning team.

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Christmas Bird Count – 2017 Preliminary Results

Hi Society!

2017 Christmas Bird Count Preliminary Results

 

We have the preliminary results for the 2017 Anchorage Christmas Bird Count which was held on Saturday, December 16, 2017.  It’s long, but we’ll give it a try.

What a Christmas Bird Count! The preliminary results are in, but please be advised that these results will change as the final data is tabulated, and our view of the results is based on very early and largely un-analyzed data. But what a day!

This year, counters found FIFTY-FIVE SPECIES, which exceeds the previous all time high of 52 species set in 1984 by THREE SPECIES. Holy Smokes!

The total number of birds seen was 10,627 which is above the mean number of 8,155, but is far below the record number of 30,606. The record number is of course dependent on highly inruptive species such as Bohemian Waxwings and Common Redpolls which have reached as many as 22,000 and 8,000 birds respectively in certain years.

2017 ANC CBC - # of Species

 

The great news is that ELEVEN species were at their all-time High: Northern Shoveler (2), Harlequin Duck (2), Bufflehead (2), Rock Pigeon (1209), Hermit Thrush (1), Orange-crowned Warbler (1), Red-breasted Nuthatch (512), American Dipper (48), Robins (406), Song Sparrow (1), and Sharp-tailed Grouse (1).

Birds at an almost all-time high were Gray Jays, Steller’s Jays, Rock Ptarmigan, and unfortunately European Starlings.

Species with a below average showing included Common Goldeneyes, Dark-eyed Juncos, Pine Grosbeaks, and Common Redpolls. Species looking way below average were Bohemian Waxwings, White-winged Crossbills, and Pine Siskins.

Our 55 species seen compares to a mean number of 33, and as usual, there were a number of species represented by only ONE single sighting of one individual. This is fairly usual, but the number was high this year with 17 of 51 species being represented by only one individual. Those single sightings were: Sharp-shinned Hawk, Merlin, Gyrfalcon, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Wilson’s Snipe, Great Horned Owl, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Belted Kingfisher, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warbler, White-crowned Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Snow Bunting, Pacific Wren, Short-eared Owl, and Hoary Redpoll.

New birds to the count were the Hermit Thrush, Northern Shoveler, and the Sharp-tailed Grouse. The Sharp-tailed Grouse was the highlight of the day since it was also the FIRST RECORD of that species ever seen in Anchorage.

Here’s how that happened:

Visiting birder Michael Woodruff and his wife were walking the Coastal Trail between Elderberry Park and Westchester Lagoon. The Grouse walked across the trail in front of them. They thought it was unusual, but because they are not from Anchorage, they did not realize what a stunning bird they had stumbled upon.

They called Area 2 Leader Andrew Fisher who called W. Keys. Between them, they realized that there was a very good reason that they were shouting to each other on the phone. Word went back to Michael who re-found the bird, and word went out to birders across town. The stampede to the spot was on.

From her deck, the lady whose yard it had chosen said, “It’s been here for about 3 weeks. I’ve been feeding it and thought it was some kind of ptarmigan.

It was a fabulous day, and the Tally Party and Chili Feed was a stellar event as well. Ginormous thanks go to everyone who participated in the Count, to everyone who brought dishes to the Potluck, to the Area Leaders for coordinating their teams, to Keith Confer who worked tirelessly to make the Tally Spreadsheet clear and concise, and to Louann Feldmann who once again organized the entire city-wide Christmas Bird Count effort. She is nothing less than a Citizen Science Goddess!

And finally, we can’t heap enough praise on visiting birder Michael Woodruff and his wife who not only found the Sharp-tailed Grouse, but also turned up the single Song Sparrow and the single Snow Bunting in the same immediate area!

2017 ANC CBC - # of Individuals

 

Data from the Anchorage Count follows below, and is sorted according to the number of each species seen.  The Tally Party and Chili Feed was a fabulous get-together, and we’d like to thank the First Congregational Church, Lynn Barber, and Louann Feldmann for making the evening possible.

Also worthy of our highest praise are Area Leaders Thede Tobish, Andrew Fisher, Daria Carle, Tom Evans, Dick Prentki, and Pat Pourchot;  Chief Coordinator Louann Feldmann;  and all of the many, many counters and feeder watchers who provided the data for this year’s count.

The total species seen are listed here from most prevalent to least prevalent. This year’s total exceeds the all-time record of 52 set in 1984 by THREE SPECIES!

 

Black-capped Chickadee 1874
Mallard 1320
Rock Pigeon 1209
Bohemian Waxwing 1166
Common Redpoll 799
Black-billed Magpie 708
Common Raven 652
European Starling 601
Red-breasted Nuthatch 512
Pine Grosbeak 482
American Robin 406
Boreal Chickadee 337
Steller’s Jay 109
Downy Woodpecker 55
Redpoll Species 53
American Dipper 48
Golden-crowned Kinglet 38
White-winged Crossbill 28
Gray Jay 25
Hairy Woodpecker 23
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch 20
Dark-eyed Junco 19
Bald Eagle 16
Willow Ptarmigan 16
Pine Siskin 14
Common Goldeneye 13
Common Merganser 13
Brown Creeper 8
Northern Shrike 7
Northern Goshawk 6
Rock Ptarmigan 5
Townsend’s Solitaire 3
Northern Shoveler 2
Harlequin Duck 2
Bufflehead 2
Spruce Grouse 2
Am. Three-toed Woodpecker 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Green-winged Teal 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Merlin 1
Gyrfalcon 1
Sharp-tailed Grouse 1
Wilson’s Snipe 1
Short-eared Owl 1
Great Horned Owl 1
Northern Saw-whet Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Pacific Wren 1
Hermit Thrush 1
Varied Thrush 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
White-crowned Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Snow Bunting 1
Hoary Redpoll 1
Total # of Species 55
Total # of Individuals Birds 10627

 

As seen during the Tally Party, graphs have been made of each species on a per year basis since the count began.  These graphs are available for viewing via the following link:

Graphs of Species by Year (click on this link)

Results will be made final once all sightings have been fully vetted, so please consider these results as preliminary for the time being.

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. Most participants prefer to do the count in the area of their home which is familiar, but some have chosen other areas.

If you are interested in joining the count this year on Saturday, December 16th, and have not participated in the past or want to change your area, please look at the attached map to determine the area of your choice.

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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.

Whether you want to experience this area by falling asleep to Elf Owls calling above your tent, being awoken to the raspy voice of the Mexican jay, or by staying in one of the many bed and breakfasts in the region, this area can accommodate all types.

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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.

Enjoy searching for the less usual waterbird species during this exciting time of year or just enjoy the typical species that are still with us. Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one and dress for the weather.

We will meet at the Cuddy Pond parking lot south of the Loussac Library and north of Cuddy Pond at 8:30 AM where we will go over plans for the day and consolidate into fewer cars by carpooling as much as possible.

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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”? If you want the answers to these important questions (and many others), then you’ll want to attend our October, 2017 Anchorage Audubon Society membership meeting.

 

“Audubon Alaska’s Ecological Atlas of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas takes you on a scientific journey through natural history and ecological relationships in the Arctic marine environment.

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