|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.
Palmer Hay Flats Birdwalk by Mat-Su Birders
Date and Time: Saturday, May 3, 9:00 am
Location: Palmer Hay Flats
Please note that the Palmer Hay Flats Bird Walk, originally scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014, has been cancelled and rescheduled for Saturday, May 3, 2014, starting at 9:00 AM at the Palmer Hay Flats Cottonwood Creek access off of Hayfield Road. Full information is on the Mat-Su Birders website at www.matsubirders.org/
Eklutna Tailrace and Reflection Lake Birdwalk by Mat-Su Birders
Date and Time: Sunday, May 4, 8:00 am
Location: Eklutna Tailrace and Reflection Lake
Full information is on the Mat-Su Birders website at www.matsubirders.org
Campbell Creek Early Morning Birdwalks
Date and Time: May 8, 15, 22, 29, 6:30-8:30AM
Location: Meet at the Campbell Creek Science Center parking lot.
Develop and fine-tune your birding skills and witness the progression of songbird migration through the Campbell Tract this spring. Join BLM staff and Anchorage Audubon Society members for a series of early morning outdoor bird walks May 8, 15, 22 and 29. Walks are from 6:30am-8:30am. Please meet in the Campbell Creek Science Center parking lot. Dress appropriately for the weather and for walking on uneven terrain. Hot cocoa and coffee will be available at the Science Center afterwards, courtesy of Friends of the Campbell Creek Science Center.
Please call 267-1241 for more information.
Monthly Meeting Potluck and Bird Walk
Date and Time: Thursday, May 22, 6:00 pmLocation: Westchester Lagoon Boat Launch Parking Lot
ALASKA BIRDING FESTIVALS
The 24th Annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival. May 8--11
Highlighting a vast number of migratory shorebirds stopping over on the Copper River Delta, this is truely a great festival in the fabulous town of Cordova. This is where you go for Avian Tonnage! Keynote Speaker is Renown Swedish painter and Naturalist Lars Johnson. Guest Speaker is Susan Bonfield, executive director of Environment for the Americas. For more information go to http://cordovachamber.com and click on the shorebird festival tab on the left hand column. This year, Major Marine Tours will feature a special birding boat trip from Whittier to Cordova.
The Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown
Date and Time: Saturday, May 31. 7:30 am
Location: Potter Marsh North Parking Lot.
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?
APRIL & MAY On The High Seas:
The Birding Cruise of The Century
PLEASE NOTE: The Birding Cruise is currently full. If space becomes available, we will contact those who have already responded in order of their response. We hope to offer similar cruises in the future, so please stay tuned.
Date and Time: April 28.
Location: San Diego to Victoria,
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.