Logo bar of the Alaska Public Lands Information Centers which are located in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Tok and Ketchikan
Black Ostyer Catcher rests on a beach in Kenai Fjords. The bird is black with a bright orange and very long bill. Its eye is also orange.
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Bird Festivals Throughout Alaska
Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

Alaska Hummingbird Festival - Ketchikan, Alaska
April 2017

Through the month of April, this festival celebrates the return of migratory birds back to Alaska. The most notable bird at this festival is the Rufous Hummingbird, who begins arriving in Ketchikan in mid-March. The festival includes guided hikes, art shows, activities for children, and many other birding events.

Learn more at the Alaska Hummingbird Festival Schedule of Events 2017

A black-legged Kittiwake perched on a coastal cliff.
Black-Legged Kittiwake

Stikine River Birding Festival - Wrangell, AK
April 27-30, 2017

The Stikine River Delta sees thousands of birds congregate at its waters each spring to feed on the plentiful fish known as 'hooligan', including thousands of bald eagles. In concert with this natural event, the city of Wrangell hosts an annual festival sponsored by the US Forest Service that includes activities and seminars open to the community. 

Learn more at the Stikine River Birding Festival 

A Northern Pintail glides across a still pond.
Northern Pintail
Spring Migration Celebration - Fairbanks, Alaska
April 29, 2017

Come to this much anticipated annual celebration of spring migration at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Scheduled to coincide with the peak of bird migration, the program consists of bird and wildlife viewing, information booths of local conservation organizations, nature walks, and activities for the whole family such as puppet shows, crafts, and games. This free event is cooperatively presented by Friends of Creamer's Field, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Alaska Bird Observatory, the Arctic Audubon Society, the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, Ducks Unlimited, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Learn more at the Creamer's Field 2017 Program Schedule or call 907-459-7301

shorebirds forage in shallow water near Cordova, Alaska.
Shorebirds near Cordova, Alaska

Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival - Cordova, AK
May 4-7, 2017

This week long festival is usually held in early May and is a great experience and a wonderful sight to see. As many as 5 million shorebirds rest and feed in Cordova during the spring migration. There are opportunities for bird watching, hiking, presentations, community events, and many more activities fun for all ages. 

Learn more at the Copper River Shorebird Festival or phone 907-424-7260 

Shorebirds leaping into flight
Shorebirds found at Kachemak Bay during the festival

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival - Homer, AK
May 4th-7th, 2017

In early May, over 130 bird species migrate to Kachemak Bay. Sandhill cranes, Arctic and Aleutian terns, Pacific Golden-Plover, Bristle-thighed curlew, horned puffins, and Red-necked stint are only a few bird species you might see. The festival includes fun and educational activities for any level of birder and all ages.

Learn more at the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

A peregrine falcon stares intently at the camera.
Peregrine Falcon

Upper Tanana Migratory Bird Festival - Tok, AK

This festival, now in its 13 year, has become a welcome tradition in Tok. Sponsored by the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge, the one-day festival often includes a morning bird tour, several kids' activities, a junior duck stamp art competition, a young naturalist competition, and a live bird presentation.

A Black-Capped Chickadee perches on a tree branch in the sunshine.
Black-Capped Chickadee
Kenai Birding Festival - Kenai, AK
May 18-21, 2017

The Kenai Birding Festival is an annual festival that draws birders of all ages and abilities.  With a variety of low cost or free activities including kids' activities, guided birding excursions, social events and not-to-be missed Kenai River float trip complete with local birding experts, there is something for every interest.

An Aleutian Tern with prey in its beak takes flight.
USGS/Martin Renner
Aleutian Tern

Yakutat Tern Festival - Yakutat, AK
June 1st-4th, 2017

One of the largest and southernmost breeding colonies of Aleutian Terns exists near the small coastal town of Yakutat.  The Aleutian Tern has a limited range throughout Alaska and eastern Siberia and Russia, and very little is known about this species.  The Yakutat area is currently at the forefront of Aleutian Tern research, including studies on population trends, nesting ecology, and migration patterns. The festival will highlight the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat and will feature birding activities, native history field trips, art exhibits, educational events for kids and adults, Native cultural presentations and more.

Learn more at the Yakutat Tern Festival 

A Sandhill Crane walks across a large grass meadow.
Sandhill Crane

Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska 
August 25-27, 2017

Each August as thousands of Sandhill Cranes begin their southward progress from Alaska, the Tanana Valley rings with gathering calls.  One of the best places to see this spectacle is at Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in the heart of Fairbanks, Alaska.  The festival includes talks, bird watching, nature walks, workshops, and many other related activities with ample opportunities for observing Sandhill Cranes and other fall migrants.

Learn more at the Creamer's Field 2017 Program Schedule

An adult Bald Eagle perched in a tree.
Bald Eagle

Alaska Bald Eagle Festival - Haines, AK
November 6th-11th, 2017

This event is hosted by the American Bald Eagle Foundation and the city of Haines, Alaska. Many events are located at the American Bald Eagle Foundation museum, where you can attend wildlife workshops, tours and presentations. There are also visits to the Alaska Bald Eagle Preserve to witness the "Gathering of the Eagles". Usually, over 3,000 eagles can be found there during this time of year. 

Learn more at the Alaska Bald Eagle Festival Schedule 

A close up of a magpie standing on a pile of twigs and grass. Magpies have a dark head and chest which a bright band of white on the belly and upper wings with brilliant blue tail feathers. Did You Know?
Magpies are a common site in urban and rural areas of Alaska and can be seen throughout the entire year. Listen for their songs that mimic other local birds.