Annual Event – February 16, 2019

Anchorage Audubon’s Annual

Seward Winter Birding Field Trip

Work off all those Holiday Cookies!

The forecast indicates a snow storm for Seward on Saturday, February 16th.  Due to potentially unsafe driving conditions between Anchorage and Seward, the 2019 AAS Seward Winter Birding Field Trip scheduled for Saturday, February 16th has been canceled.  It was a difficult decision, but safety and everyone’s well being was uppermost in our minds.  We apologize for the inconvenience.  If you know someone who was planning on going and might not see this notice, please let them know that the event has been canceled.  Thanks.

Join Andrew Fisher and Anchorage Audubon for a free winter birding excursion to enjoy Seward’s diversity of wintering birds and the possibility of a few rarities (Pie-billed Grebe, Hooded Mergansers, etc.).  Come dressed for a variety of weather conditions, bring your ice grippers, and plan for a fun day with great company!

Bring your binoculars and spotting scope (if you have one…there never are too many!), your field guide, and other favorite birding gear.  You may also wish to bring walkie-talkies/cell phones to communicate between cars.  Donations of sunflower bird seed or chunky peanut butter are greatly appreciated for one of our regular bird feeder hotspots.

Plan on gathering with the group back at the Harbormaster’s for a midday restroom stop and lunch; bring your own or buy it locally.  We’ll meet there again around 3:30 PM to regroup for the return trip to Anchorage.

Carpooling to Seward and while in Seward is highly encouraged.  Bring money to cover your share of the driver’s fuel expenses. Drivers and trip leaders are not expected to contribute. If you are interested in carpooling (driving or riding) from Anchorage, meet in the parking lot (South end, near Huffman) of Carrs on Huffman at 6:45 AM.

All participants are required to sign a standard liability waiver (which will be handed out in Seward). In the event of a cancellation there will be no reschedule date for this trip.

Contact Andrew Fisher at mzeesamaki@gmail.com or 619-937-1086 with any questions.

Thanks and see you all there!

Saturday, February 16, 2019:  9:30 AM

Seward Harbor Master (in front of restrooms)

1300 Fourth Avenue, at the south end of the Seward Boat Harbor

 

Welcome Birders – Seward Alaska – Birding Stars Here! (Photo courtesy of Carol Griswold, used with permission)

 

Birds and Boats! What could be better?

The birders get a bit hungry too!

Common Merganser (male) – Frequently seen during the annual Seward Birding Field Trip

Membership Meeting – Thursday, February 21, 2019

Nome Birding Year-Round  – Lynn Barber

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our February program which should  be a special treat for anyone who has ever wanted to visit the Birding Gold Mine of Nome, Alaska. Lynn Barber made an incredible 11 birding trips to Nome during 2018, and she’ll share her photos of the birds, mammals and scenery with us on February 21.

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, March 21, 2019

Membership Meeting  – Thursday, March 21, 2019

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, March 21 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

We’re not quite sure about the presentation just yet, but we are sure that it will be both educational AND entertaining.

Come and join us and your birding pals for an evening.

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Annual Event – March 22-23, 2019

The Big Anchorage Birding Day

Celebrate the First Day of Spring with

another Audubon Cutthroat Competition!!

Believe it or not, Spring is on the way, and what better way to celebrate than by scouring the Anchorage Municipality for birds.

From Eklutna to Portage–How many species can your team find in 24 hours from 5:00 PM on Friday March 22, 2019 until 5:00 PM on Saturday March 23, 2019.
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Membership Meeting – Thursday, April 18, 2019

Beginning Birding Class

The Perfect Opportunity to Learn

What This Crazy Addiction Is All About!

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

If you’re looking for the perfect way to learn what birding is all about, we will present a course in “Birding for Beginners” at Anchorage Audubon’s April Meeting.

This is a fabulous opportunity to learn about Birds and Birding from the beginning, and it’s just in time for our Spring Migration arrivals.

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Yakutat Tern Festival – May 30-June 2, 2019

Yakutat Tern Festival

To highlight the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of Yakutat by establishing a festival celebrating Aleutian terns.

Alaska’s newest Birding Festival is a treat for all.  An optional Yakutat Bay charter boat field trip will be available as well as  special rates on Alaska Airlines.

 

The Yakutat Tern Festival has an extensive website.  Special rates are offered by Alaska Airlines to and from Yakutat for their Tern Festival.… Read the rest

Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown – late May to early June, 2019

The Potter Marsh-A-Thon Birding Smackdown

Not your Mother’s Birding Contest!

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?

 

Fabulous Prizes will be awarded for most species seen.

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Potluck Party and Pro-Am Bird Walk – late May to early July, 2019

Potluck Party and Pro-Am Birdwalk

Sloppy eaters…bring your game on!

Because Spring Birding is at it’s peak, Anchorage Audubon has decided to CANCEL our regular third-Thursday monthly program at the BP Energy Center and have a party instead. It’s a potluck, a chance to tell birding lies, and a chance to casually stroll around the Westchester Lagoon area with other birders looking for new arrivals. 

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Fall Photo Sharing Party – September 19, 2019

Fall Photo Sharing Party

Thursday, September 19, 2019

It’s party season again at Anchorage Audubon, and we’d love it if you’d join us Thursday, Sept. 19,  for Anchorage Audubon’s Annual End-Of-Summer Photo Sharing Party.  Bring your favorite photos of your summer adventures and make the rest of us totally jealous.

Get together with your birding pals and share photos and tall tales. 

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Membership Meeting – Thursday, October 17, 2019

Membership Meeting  – Thursday, October 17, 2019

at the BP Energy Center – 7:00 PM

Join us on Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 pm in The BP Energy Center for our monthly meeting and of course, cookies.

We’re not quite sure about the presentation just yet, but we are sure that it will be both educational AND entertaining.

Come and join us and your birding pals for an evening.

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