|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.
Thursday, January 21
Jules Tileston presents a Photographic Journey to
"Bosque del Apache"
BP Energy Center
Our January program will be another “Must See” for birders. Jules Tileston will take us on a photo journey to The Bosque del Apache Wildlife Refuge south of Albuquerque.
Bosque del Apache is one of the premier birding destinations in the Southwest, and Jules will share highlights of his Three trips to the Refuge.
Jules moved Alaska in 1972 as the lead for wild river studies for the Department of the Interior and retired in 1988. He then worked at DNR for Govs. Hickel and Knowles. He is now a full-time recovering bureaucrat and a part-time consultant on a variety of projects ranging from Akutan, Cold Bay access, and North Slope oil and gas projects to various gas pipelines from the North Slope to Valdez and to Cook Inlet. His goal is to earn enough extra money to buy camera gear (when his CEO, Peg, gives in to his whining) and then to travel to photograph special places .... especially birds. He is a board member of the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers.
This is a unique opportunity to share the wonder of a true American treasure before it is occupied by an armed militia.
And of course, we will start the New Year with cookies!
Thursday, February 18
Joel Schmutz and Brian Uher-Koch present
"Migration, Contaminants, Battles to the Death,
and Other Insights about
un-Common Loons in Alaska"
BP Energy Center
Joel and Brian are Research Wildlife Biologists with the USGS Alaska Science Center. Their specialties include three species of loons that breed in arctic habitats: Yellow-billed Loons, Red-throated Loons, and Pacific Loons. February’s program will be a glimpse into North Slope loon research in a location we all want to visit even though we know that “you can’t get there from here.”
It’s guys chasing loons in mosquito-infested tundra and a table full of cookies—What’s not to like?.
Seward Winter Birding Field Trip
Saturday, February 20th, 10:00 AM
Meet in front of the Seward Harbormaster's restrooms,
Join Aaron Bowman and others for a winter birding excursion to enjoy Seward's great diversity of wintering birds and the possibility of a few rarities. Come dressed for the weather and the location, prepared for a great day with great birds.
Bring your binoculars and spotting scope (if you have one...there never are too many!) and other favorite birding gear. Plan on gathering with the group for a lunch break in town where you can eat a packed lunch or purchase something locally. You may also wish to bring walkie-talkies to communicate between cars, or donations of sunflower bird seed for one of our regular feeder stops provided by a local birder.
Please consider carpooling as much as possible to Seward and while birding there, but Audubon will NOT be able to coordinate carpooling.
In the event of a cancellation there will be no reschedule date for this trip.
Contact Aaron Bowman at ampbowman at gmail dot com with any questions.
Saturday, February 20th, 10:00AM.
Meet in front of the Seward Harbormaster's restrooms,
located at the south end of the small boat harbor.
March 7--May 15
Counts Hawks at Gunsight Mountain
Mile 118.8 Glenn Highway
This spring, a decades-long goal will finally happen. We have always wanted to do a complete and thorough HawkWatch for an entire season at Gunsight Mountain. This year, thanks to Neil Paprocki, it will become a reality!
Neil monitored our HawkWatch site for 2 weeks last spring, and this year Neil will return with TWO additional hawk watchers for the entire season.
Last spring, we asked for local help for Neil because “The More Eyes on the Sky, The Better.” We will be doing that again this year, and we’ll let everyone know about the particulars when we have more information.
Thursday, March 17
March Program Meeting
TO BE ANNOUNCED
7:00 pm; BP Energy Center
Friday and Saturday, March 18 & 19
"The Big Anchorage Birding Day"
Celebrate the First Day of Spring with
Another Audubon Cutthroat Competition
Anywhere In The Municipality
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. Team members must remain together and all team members must see all birds counted by the team. (Exception: 4 members can count a bird in a team of 5, and 5 people can count a bird in a team of 6) Bird as much or as little of the 24 hours as you like. See them, hear them, and write them down.
At 5:00pm on Saturday, we’ll get together at a location to be chosen. We’ll tally the results, tell tall tales, and eat & drink till we drop. We'll publish the results for all to see!
And there will be a CASH PRIZE!!! One Dollar per species will be awarded to the winning team! Imagine making money by going birding! The winners could make as much as a whopping $35 or $40 for only 24 hours work. That's $1.67 per hour which is more than most birders earn in a lifetime! There's no better way to welcome Spring!
ADDITIONAL RULES: No Relays are Allowed. At least one team member must be present during the entire competition day. For examplei if John and Bob are the team, John may not bird half the day and turn it over to Bob for the rest of the day.
Absences from the team. If John and Bob start out at 7:00am and Bob is so lame he wants to eat lunch and take a nap, he can do so. John can continue to bird and Bob can re-join the team later. However, Bob CANNOT count anything he saw by himself while eating lunch.
Saturday & Sunday, April 16 & 17
The Gunsight Mountain HawkWatch Weekend
Mile 118.8 on the Glenn Highway
Our Annual HawkWatch Weekend in collaboration with the Mat-Su Birders will take place on April 16 & 17th.
Celebrate the return of spring migrating raptors with this annual Anchorage Audubon first field trip of the spring. Migrating raptors that can be seen along the ridgeline near MP 118.8 include golden eagle, red-tailed hawk, rough-legged hawk, sharp-shinned hawk, northern goshawk, American kestrel, peregrine falcon and merlin. Swainson's hawk and osprey have also been seen migrating through this area. Bring warm clothing, binoculars, spotting scopes, lunch, snacks, and lawn chairs and sit back while you watch migrating raptors glide over the nearby ridge.
The Hawkwatch is a spectacle that is unrivaled in Alaska. It's a great gathering, a fabulous party, and the birds are astounding. If you have never attended the Hawkwatch, you'll never be the same.
Meet at 10:00 AM at the wayside at Milepost 118.8, Glenn Highway. A short raptor identification talk will take place at 10:30 AM. On Sunday, April 17, the Mat-Su Birders will host their annual Hawk Watch Potluck BBQ at the same location. For details on the Mat-Su Hawk Watch - www.matsubirders.org/html/calendar.html.
And once again, Anchorage Audubon and the Mat-Su Birders are honored to supply Port-A-Potties at the event for your Hawkwatching pleasure.