Annual Event – March 7, 2020

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 (Pie-billed Grebe, Hooded Mergansers, etc.).  Come dressed for a variety of weather conditions, bring your ice grippers, and plan for a fun day with great company!

Bring your binoculars and spotting scope (if you have one…there never are too many!), your field guide, and other favorite birding gear.  You may also wish to bring walkie-talkies/cell phones to communicate between cars.  Donations of sunflower bird seed or chunky peanut butter are greatly appreciated for one of our regular bird feeder hotspots.

Plan on gathering with the group back at the Harbormaster’s for a midday restroom stop and lunch; bring your own or buy it locally. 

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, January 16, 2020

Birding in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean – Pat Pourchot

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

We have never had an Audubon program on Antarctica and The Southern Ocean, and Pat Pourchot has stepped up to the plate. On Thursday, January 16, he’ll present a fabulous evening featuring birds from his 2019 voyage and tour of Tierra del Fuego, The Falkland Islands, South Georgia Island, and Antarctica.

Pat spent eight years as a legislator in the Alaska State House and State Senate, as Legislative Director and Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources for Governor Tony Knowles, and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Interior for Alaska Affairs.

His birding prowess is legendary, and we always look forward to his knowledge and expertise.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, February 20, 2020

Birding in the Middle of the Bering Sea:  St.Paul Island

with Sulli Gibson

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, February 20 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

Get ready for another spectacular Audubon treat, when Sulli Gibson presents a fabulous evening with a focus on the flora and fauna, history, and experience of visiting the largest Pribilof Island: St. Paul.

There will be a distinct emphasis on the unique birding experience of the island, from the seabird cliffs all the way to finding and predicting vagrants. There may be a perk for those that attend and are interested in visiting the island!

Sulli Gibson grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago (Go Cubs!)

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, March 12, 2020

Tanzania – Birding and the Big 5 – Max & Ellen Schwenne

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

“Tanzania – Birding and the Big 5” is a photo essay focusing on birds and iconic African mammals in Tanzania. Pictures from Tarangire National Park, the Mara River, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, the Serengeti and Lake Natron will be shown. The photographs were taken during safaris in September and December 2018.

Max and Ellen Schwenne have lived in Eagle River, Alaska for 35 years. Ellen started birding as a child with her father in Columbus, Ohio. In 2012 Ellen convinced Max to go on a 3 week trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos. Max picked up Ellen’s camera, started photographing birds, and was instantly hooked.

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Annual Event – The Big Anchorage Birding Day – March 20-21, 2020

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 20, 2020 until 5:00 PM on Saturday March 21, 2020.

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 – February 16, 2019

Anchorage Audubon’s Annual

Seward Winter Birding Field Trip

Work off all those Holiday Cookies!

The forecast indicates a snow storm for Seward on Saturday, February 16th.  Due to potentially unsafe driving conditions between Anchorage and Seward, the 2019 AAS Seward Winter Birding Field Trip scheduled for Saturday, February 16th has been canceled.  It was a difficult decision, but safety and everyone’s well being was uppermost in our minds.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you know someone who was planning on going and might not see this notice, please let them know that the event has been canceled.  Thanks.

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 (Pie-billed Grebe, Hooded Mergansers, etc.). 

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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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Fall Photo Sharing Party – September 20, 2018

Fall Photo Sharing Party

Thursday, September 20, 2018

It’s party season again at Anchorage Audubon, and we’d love it if you’d join us Thursday, Sept. 20,  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 18, 2018

Adventures in the Amazon  – Andrew Fisher

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Come join Andrew Fisher on October 18 for an adventure into the heart of the Peruvian Amazon. He will take you on photographic boat trip into the world renowned Manu National Park to explore the wildlife along the Madre de Dios River. From the crazy-looking “punk chicken” (aka hoatzin) to a family of giant river otters, this evening will peak your curiosity into wildlife which inhabit the “lungs-of-the-earth”.

And of course, cookies will be served.  We hope to see you there.

We’d Love to Have You Join Us:

Thursday, October 18, 2018:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

 


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Fall Freeze Up Bird Walk – Saturday, October 20, 2018

Fall Freeze Up Bird Walk

October 20, 2018

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 hot spots 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, November 15, 2018

Birding Hyder, in a Cadillac – W. Keys

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

It was the weirdest birding road trip ever.  Anchorage Audubon’s Commander-In-Chief, W. Keys, tagged along with 3 extremely hot shot birders for a week-long birding extravaganza in Hyder, Alaska. The town at the absolute end of the road had never seen a carload of birders arrive in a sparkling white Cadillac Sedan DeVille.  There were Lifers galore, crusty Alaskan Sourdoughs, Polite Canadians, Poutine, and more Lifers.  Hear the tale of how Keys, Thede, Gary, and Ed narrowly escaped death by electrocution, bears, wolves, and an overly friendly Brown-headed Cowbird!

We’d love to have you join us for Hyder birding secrets and a fabulous assortment of cookies.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, December 13, 2018

Steve Amstrup from Polar Bears International  – Thursday, December 13, 2018

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Our December 13th Program will be an extra-special treat.

Steve Amstrup, Chief Scientist for Polar Bears International, will be in town and will honor us with a talk on “The Current Status and Threats to the Future Welfare of Polar Bears.”

Steve has spent years studying Polar Bears in the Alaskan Arctic for the USGS. He’ll summarize what is known about the current status of Polar Bears throughout the Arctic.

Steve is one of a small number of scientists who have been closer to these magnificent creatures than almost anyone on the planet.

We couldn’t be more pleased to have him as our special guest star speaker on December 13th.

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Christmas Bird Count – 2018 Final Results

Hi Society!

2018 Christmas Bird Count Final Results

 

Here’s a late wrap-up of the 2018 Anchorage Christmas Bird Count from December 15, 2018.

There were 155 observers in the field or at feeders (three (3) hard working folks did both!). Weather was cold at 12-20 deg. F, with variable light winds, not actively raining or snowing, with snow pack 6-14″. Cloud cover was almost complete in AM with some clearing in the PM.

The day was the only good day for the count within a 2 week period of almost constant blowing snow. The heavy snowfall on the previous day led to dubious predictions, but the count was overall pretty average for an Anchorage Christmas Count.

The 48 species seen is at the high end of Anchorage Counts, and 20,427 total birds were seen.… Read the rest

Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, December 15, 2018


Christmas Bird Count 2018 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 2018

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 15th, 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, January 17, 2019

Bird Photography 101 – Jamin Taylor

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Local nature and wildlife photographer Jamin Hunter Taylor will present an informative lecture on the finer points of bird photography.  This lecture is part of his Bird Photography Boot camp that he offers in the spring but will be sharing it with the Anchorage Audubon Society.  You will learn some of his refined tools, tips, and techniques for getting stunning bird photos. This lecture will cover apparel, field gear, what makes a good composition, what photos to keep and which to delete, and much more. This lecture will also include a slide show of some of his favorite bird photos and the story behind them.

 

We’d Love to Have You Join Us:

Thursday, January 17, 2019:  7:00 pm

BP Energy Center

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, February 21, 2019

Nome Birding Year-Round  – Lynn Barber

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our February program which should  be a special treat for anyone who has ever wanted to visit the Birding Gold Mine of Nome, Alaska. Lynn Barber made an incredible 11 birding trips to Nome during 2018, and she’ll share her photos of the birds, mammals and scenery with us on February 21.

As the seasons unfolded she drove along the three main roads that lead out of Nome to Council, the Kougarok River and Teller. She documented the arrivals and departures of migrant, breeding and wintering birds, including McKay’s and Snow Buntings, huge flocks of geese and ducks in summer, and mixed gull flocks in early winter.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, March 21, 2019

How to be a Better Birder

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

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

The Spring Birding Season is right around the corner, and the Anchorage Audubon Society’s March program is going to be fabulous. We’ve gathered a truly phenomenal panel for our Seventh annual forum on “How to Be a Better Birder.”

Thede Tobish, Pat Pourchot, and Andrew Fisher will share their knowledge, tips, and techniques in order to help the rest of us see more birds. This is an opportunity to go to school with the big guys.

Thede, Pat, and Andrew are among Alaska’s most highly respected birders, and when the rest of us see one of them in action, we always seem to ask ourselves the same question: “How the heck did he know That?”

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Annual Event – March 22-23, 2019

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 22, 2019 until 5:00 PM on Saturday March 23, 2019.

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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Membership Meeting – Thursday, April 18, 2019 (canceled)

Beginning Birding Class (canceled)

The Perfect Opportunity to Learn

What This Crazy Addiction Is All About!

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the 2019 AAS Beginning Birding Class scheduled for Thursday, April 18th has been canceled and will not be re-scheduled.  There will be no AAS membership meeting for April 18th.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you know someone who was planning on going and might not see this notice, please let them know that the event has been canceled.  Thanks.

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 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 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