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. 

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Volunteers Needed – May 13, 2017

Loon Cam Help Needed this Saturday

at Connors Lake – 1:00 PM

The Pacific Loons have arrived at Connors Lake, and Jean needs a few volunteers this Saturday to finish preparations of the island and camera system for this summer’s Loon Cam.

We especially need at least a couple of big strong handsome men and/or beautiful women who can help with a canoe and a couple of cement block anchors.… Read the rest

HawkWatch Volunteers Needed – April 17 – May 15, 2017

HawkWatch International

Count Hawks at Gunsight Mountain

at Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway 

The raptors are coming through Gunsight Mountain (there’s nifty movie here!) like gangbusters.  The Golden Eagle tally is over 600 and the Harlan’s Hawks streamed in with 61 on Monday.  Also on Monday, there were 3 Sharpies, 1 Rough-legged, 2 Goshawks, and an amazing Boreal Owl calling during the middle of the Day!  

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HawkWatch International – March 7 – May 15, 2017

HawkWatch International

Count Hawks at Gunsight Mountain

at Milepost 118.8 of the Glenn Highway 

This spring, a decades-long goal will finally happen for the second 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 – 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.… 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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Volunteers Needed – September 10, 2016

Volunteers Needed for Short Work Party On Saturday

at the Business Park Wetlands – 10:00 AM

business-park-wetlands-1The Business Park Wetlands need some TLC, so we’re organizing a short Saturday Morning Work Party beginning at 10:00am. The Business Park Wetlands is behind the Outback restaurant off C Street just south of Tudor Road.  The Wetlands was established and protected by the Business Park Wetlands Coalition and Anchorage Audubon in the early 1990s, and the viewing platform needs a little work.… Read the rest

Bird Walk and eBird Tutorial – August 13, 2016

Bird Walk and eBird Tutorial

at Reflections Lake and the Palmer Library – 8:30 AM

red-necked-phalaropeAudubon Alaska and the Mat-Su Birder bird walk and eBird tutorial at Reflections Lake and the Palmer Library.

Keep track of birds you see, plan birding trips, and more!

Maybe you have hear of eBird but have never logged in, or maybe you are a regular eBird user and would like to meet others for this interactive tutorial.  

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Potter Marsh Bird Walks – Extended to August 16, 2016

Potter Marsh Bird Walks Extended!

 Potter Marsh; Tuesdays, 6:30 AM – 8:30 PM & Saturdays, 8:00 – 10:00 AM

2016-potter-marsh-bird-walks-extendedWe just heard from Audubon Alaska and the Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game, and the summer Bird Walks at Potter Marsh have been extended through August 16.

Join Audubon Alaska and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game for a guided leisurely walk on the Potter Marsh boardwalk and nearby trails to identify and learn about the areas’ bird life.

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Lynn Barber’s Big Alaska Year – July 15, 2016

The Alaska Big Year Record

 Holy Moly! What a Big Year!

lynn-barber-alaska-big-yearLynn Barber has totally rocked the Alaska Big Year with 287 species and Five Months to go!  As of yesterday, it looks like she has tied the previous record, although there’s some doubt as to what the previous record is.  With the help of Ed Clark, Thede Tobish, David Sonneborn, and Brad Benter, we’ve tried to piece together the Alaska Big Year history, and here’s what it looks like:

The record Big Year for a long time was assumed to be an effort by the late Tim Schantz who reached 275 in 2000. 

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The Hawk Watch Report from Yesterday – April 7, 2016 – April 8, 2016

The Hawk Watch Report from Yesterday

Gunsight Mountain

“The Harlan’s Hawk Capitol of The World”


Thursday, we took a trip to the Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch site.  Weather was low ceiling and very few birds were flying, but Fish & Game has been trapping and banding Golden Eagles and we scored when they released one of the birds right in front of us.… Read the rest

Great Loon Cam News – July 6, 2016

Great Loon Cam News

 The Connors Lake Loon Cam is now streaming the live video!

The Connors Lake Loon Cam is now streaming the live video!  The microphone has not been working, so there is no sound.  Sorry about that.  We will try to get it repaired before next year.  To see the video, go to:


Great Loon Cam News

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Whiskered Auklet Trip – July 2, 2016

Whiskered Auklet Trip – July 2, 2016

A Last-Minute Seat has Opened Up
A Last-Minute Seat has Opened Up
on the Whiskered Auklet trip out of Dutch Harbor on July 2, 2016.

This is in conjunction with the Anchorage Audubon Ferry Cruise to Dutch Harbor, so if you’re already on the Ferry, or if you’re going to be in Dutch Harbor, there is one seat available on the Auklet Charter.

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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. … Read the rest