Christmas Bird Count – 2018 Final Results

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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


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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