|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.
The Rehabilitation of Rat Island
and The Christmas Bird Count Kick-off!
Date and Time: Thursday, Dec. 12. 7:00 pm
Location: BP Energy Center
It's a fascinating story. Rats arrived on the island following a shipwreck in the late 1700's. The rats decimated bird populations and did that so long ago that there are no historical or current records of many seabird species that one would expect to breed on this island. In 2008, the Fish and Wildlife Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Island Conservation teamed up to implement a aerial drop of rodenticide on the island which successfully killed 100% of the rats. In a 2013 recheck, many bird species were detected breeding on the island - indeed, the island was alive with birds and bird songs.
Steve will not only catch us up on Hawadax, but will also give us some insights into the Refuge which stretches from Southeast Alaska to the Chukchi Sea and includes the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands, among many other refuge islands scattered throughout coastal Alaska.
Steve Delehanty has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1986, and proudly claims, "I can ID a Gadwall quack in the fog from 300 meters away."
The program starts at 7:00pm in the BP Energy Center, and of course, cookies will be served.
The Birding Cruise of The CenturyDate and Time: Late April 2014. Details TBA
Location: San Diego to Vancouver, Date and Time: October
If you're looking for a spectacular birding trip that's easy, cheap, and has the possibility of finding incredible birds, Anchorage Audubon has the chance of a lifetime.
Several great birders have discovered that this is a perfect platform for offshore pelagic birding. Because of their size and modern computer-controlled stabilizing systems, the boats are stable enough in most weather to allow for scopes which greatly improve the opportunity for seeing rarities.
David Sonneborn has taken the trip several times in the last few years, and has volunteered to lead our trip. He hopes that participants will make a donation, take pledges, etc., for Anchorage Audubon. He is payng his own way and will make a $100 donation per life bird he sees (He's pretty safe since he has already "cleaned up" on his prior trips.) The date has NOT been firmly decided, but we are looking at sailings from San Diego on April 28 or 29 of 2014 on either the Holland America Zaandam or the Westerdam.
The ships are full service cruise ships with all the amenities: tons of dining, gyms, pools, zumba classes, Yoga, and massages while you're not on deck birding. Full information about the ships including prices can be found at hollandamerica.com
The way it will work is simple: Once the date has been solidified, you make your own reservation on the ship through Holland America, you make your own plane reservations to San Diego and back from Vancouver or Seattle, you consider a donation or pledge to Anchorage Audubon, and we meet on board. We'll also probably be involved in land birding advice for San Diego and Victoria/Vancouver.
Species seen can vary from voyage to voyage. Here's is an online report from Master Birder Paul Lehman who took a similarly timed cruise last Spring:
In California waters, they saw 5 Laysan Albatross (4 in SLO and 1 in MTY) and 35 Parakeet Auklets (all in Humboldt). The waters off California were calm, probably too calm for pteradromas.
In Oregon waters, there were 1-2 Murphy's Petrels, an early South Polar Skua, and more Parakeet Auklets.
In a 20 mile stretch of Washington waters, there were 1200 Leach's Storm-Petrels.
In two-and-a-half days (Wednesday, Thursday, and partial Friday), large numbers of pelagic birds were seen! Estimates include 800 Black-footed Albatross, 2000 Pink-footed Shearwater, 30,000 Sooty Shearwater, and 800 Sabine's Gull.
Rumor has it that a group of Oregon birders trailing this cruise a day later got a "slug of Murphy's (50), Hawaiian (10) and several Cook's Petrels" ! They also had more wind and higher seas.
The final date will be announced very soon, but what we'd like is an estimate of how many people might be interested. If you are interested, please email Our Esteemed Coordinator and tell us if you are:
Ready to Sign on Now!
More details will follow, but we'd appreciate knowing about your interest. If there is huge interest, we'll probably have to enlist another guide/leader.
As updated details are released, they will be here on the Anchorage Audubon website.
Thanks, and we hope to see you on board.