|Field Trips and Events Calendar|
Anchorage Audubon field trips and events are open to the public unless stated otherwise in the field trip announcement! We welcome all ages and levels of birders and non-birders on our trips. Contact trip leader for more information about each field trip, or contact Field Trip Coordinator Aaron Bowman, 563-0151. We strongly encourage carpooling on all our field trips if possible.
Anchorage Audubon is very grateful to the wonderful field trip leaders who volunteer their time and share their extensive knowledge of birds and natural history. We could not offer these excellent field trips without you! Thank you to Chris Maack, Delesta Fox, John Wenger, Dianne Toebe, Mr. Whitekeys, Aaron Bowman, Sirena Brownlee, Kenna Sue Trickey, Bob Dittrick, Paul Fritz, and Joanna Hubbard.
The calendar includes Audubon sponsored field trips, monthly membership meetings, and other events and trips that may be of interest to the members of the Chapter.
Fall Freeze-Up Bird Walk
When: Saturday, October 4th, 9:00 AM
Last Saturday, Aaron Bowman led the troops on Anchorage Audubon's annual Fall Freeze-Up Bird Walk, and a fine time was had by all! The group met at the Loussac Library and headed out to Spenard Crossing, Westchester Lagoon, Lake Spenard, Lake Hood, and the Campbell Creek Estuary Nature Area.
It was a brisk Fall morning, and the birds were in fine form. 31 species were seen including a White-winged Scoter at Westchester; Long-tailed Duck, Black Scoter, and oodles of Horned Grebes on Lake Hood; and White-winged Crossbills at the Estuary. The tantalizing highlight of the day was a brief flash of a Snipe in the Estuary marsh that showed a suspiciously white band on the trailing edge of the wings. This is characteristic of a Common Snipe, and if it was that Asian bird, it would be a first-ever record for Anchorage. The positive ID is still under discussion, and as we all know…..sometimes the bird wins!
Special guests on the outing were Barrett Pierce all the way from Texas, and Lynn Barber who will be our Audubon Speaker at our November 20 meeting. The day's species list included:
Canada Goose, Trumpeter Swan, Gadwall, American Wigeo, Mallar, Northern Shoveler, Canvasback, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scau, White-winged Scoter, Black Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, Bufflehead, Common Goldeney, Barrow's Goldeneye, Common Merganser, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Bald Eagle, Wilson's/Common Snip, Bonaparte's Gull, Mew Gull, Herring Gull , erring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid), Belted Kingfisher, Downy Woodpecker, Steller's Jay, Black-billed Magpi, Black-capped Chickadee, Boreal Chickade, Red-breasted Nuthatch, White-winged Crossbill, Common Redpoll.
October Meeting & Program
Kate McLaughlin presents
"Hummingbirds On Top of the World--
The Chenega Bay Hummingbird Banding Project
Thursday, October 16, 7:00 pm
BP Energy Center
Our October Program is going to be a real treat. Kate McLaughlin is an independent environmental consultant and writer who lives in the remote island community of Chenega Bay in western Prince William Sound, Alaska. Kate spends her summers operating the Chenega Bay Hummingbird Banding Project, the northern-most, and only season-long hummingbird banding station in the world."
The Fish & Game website contains this quote: "Dietrich caught and banded a one-year-old female rufous hummingbird on Jan. 13, 2010, near his home in Tallahassee, Florida. The tiny band, 1/16th by ¼ of an inch, was marked with a letter and five numbers – H82779. McLaughlin captured the bird on June 28, at Chenega Bay, Alaska, about 75 miles southeast of Anchorage in Prince William Sound. She didn’t realize it at the time, but this 3,500 mile-plus trip marks the longest migration of a hummingbird ever documented."
Kate is coming into town from Prince William Sound to share her incredible tale with us. We'll even sweeten the pot with fabulous prizes and cookies!
November Meeting & Program
Lynn Barber presents
"Extreme Birder: One Woman's Big Year"
Thursday, November 20, 7:00 pm
BP Energy Center
Our November program will be a complete knockout! Lynn Barber is known nationwide as a blogger on the American Birding Association website, and she's known for her Big Year in 2008 when she found an astounding 723 species!
Lynn has also tallied 522 species in a 2005 Texas Big Year, and 350 species in a South Dakota Big Year where she lived until relocating to Anchorage this Fall. Her book, "Extreme Birder: One Woman's Big Year" chronicles her 2008 quest, and on November 20 she will share her adventures and show pictures from her ABA big year. She will also have copies of her book available.
In honor of her term as President of the Texas Ornithological Society, and her membership on the Board of Directors of the ABA, cookies will be served.
December Meeting & Program
Aaron Bowman's Big Anchorage Year
Thursday, December 11, 7:00 pm
BP Energy Center
Once again, Anchorage Audubon presents another fabulous birding talk, and this one will be a total Christmas treat! Aaron Bowman, Anchorage Audubon's Field Trip Czar, has been on a year-long quest to do an Anchorage Big Year. It's nearly over, and Aaron will share his quest with us at this month's meeting and program.
During 2014, Aaron has scoured the Municipality and has found at least one "First Ever Anchorage Bird" which turned up on the foulest day of the year. Only Aaron would have even left the safety of his house on that day!
Aaron's Big Year is a glimpse into what we can all find without leaving our own back yard, and it's an evening you won't want to miss.
Thursday's Program will also include last-minute details about the 2014 Christmas Bird Count.
Please note that because of the Holiday Season, our December meeting is early and does NOT fall on our usual Third Thursday.
The 2014 Christmas Bird Count
Sunday, December 14, 9:00 am
All Over Town
See the Christmas Bird Count page on this website for your area and area leader. On line sign-up through National Audubon is now available.