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   Brownlee-KodiakGroupHikeTerminationPt.jpgAnchorage 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 Potluck and Photo Sharing Party

Thursday, September 18, 6:30 pm

BP Energy Center
     Join us This Thursday for Anchorage Audubon’s Annual End-Of-Summer Potluck Party and bring your favorite photos of your summer adventures.    Get together with your birding pals and share photos, tasty treats, and tall tales.  Bring a dish to share—Hot Or Cold but no plug-in heating devices are allowed in the room.  Plates, utensils & beverages will be provided as well as napkins for any sloppy eaters who attend.
    Bring photos to share on CD or Thumb Drive.    Bring your own laptop if it makes your show better, or take a chance with ours.  Projector will be provided.  Please arrive early to allow time to load your photos into the mighty Audubon laptop.
    Presentations will be limited to 3 minutes on the first round.  When all presenters have had their turn, we’ll start at the top once again.  A $5 donation/fine to Audubon will be assessed for anyone who goes over the 3 minute time limit.
    We'll re-cap summer Audubon outings like the Smackdown.  Fabulous Prizes will be awarded.  Please note the early meeting time of 6:30 because it’s a pot luck dinner.

BP Energy Center.  Thurs., Sept. 18.  6:30 PM

    FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS:  If possible, we would like to get your photos in advance to minimize the set-up time at the party.  Contact W. Keys at  This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to arrange for an early photo transfer. 
    Photos should be in jpeg format, and should be consecutively numbered in the title to make sure they load in the order you intend.




Fall Freeze-Up Bird Walk

When: Saturday, October 4th, 9:00 AM

Where: Meet at the fountain in front of the Loussac Library 

Come watch waterfowl and other birds at hotspots around town before the lakes freeze. Aaron Bowman will lead this outing to a number of good waterbird locations around town that may include Westchester Lagoon and Lake Hood. Enjoy searching for the less usual waterbird species during this exciting time of year or just enjoy the typical species that are still with us.

Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one and dress for the weather.

We will meet at the fountain in front of the Loussac Library at 9:00am where we will go over plans for the day and consolidate into fewer cars by carpooling as much as possible. The field trip typically concludes at about 1:00pm, but do bring snacks and/or a lunch if you want to keep birding with others afterwards.


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!