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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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

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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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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Anchorage Birding Guide – Cheney Lake Park

At a glance

SpringSummerFallWinter

Cheney Lake Park – Common Loon – May 21, 2015

Go here for

Ready access to Red-necked Grebes.  Decent chance at Common Loon and/or Pacific Loon.

Address

2245 Baxter Road, Anchorage, AK 99504

Latitude and Longitude

61.2003 north latitude, -149.7630 west longitude (61.2003, -149.7630)

Description

A beautiful lake surrounded by forest on the east side, the Chugach Range further on, and a very nice path that encircles the lake, Cheney Lake park offers a very low key location to whittle away an hour or two looking for Anchorage birds with good chances for Red-necked Grebes, Black-capped Chickadees, Hairy Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadees with a fair chance for a Common or Pacific Loon in the spring.… 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 Birding Guide – Carr-Gottstein Park

At a glance

SpringSummerFallWinter

Carr-Gottstein Park – Northern Harrier – August 21, 2015

Go here for

Convenient walking access to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.  Walking access to shorebirds.  Chance to watch raptors actively hunting prey in the marshland that borders the mudflats.  Chance at an Asian or otherwise rare vagrant, especially in the fall.

Address

3130 Discovery Bay Drive, Anchorage, AK 99515

Latitude and Longitude

61.1175 north latitude, -149.9375 west longitude (61.1175, -149.9375)

Description

Carr-Gottstein Park lies within a 16-mile-long section of coastline in Anchorage, Alaska, stretching from Point Woronzof to Potter Creek lying within the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.  … 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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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.

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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. … Read the rest

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. … 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

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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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.… Read the rest

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?

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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.… Read the rest

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.… Read the rest

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. … Read the rest

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.… 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.Read the rest