Birds

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Great Horned Owl
Great Horned Owl

NPS/Kent Miller

Alaska provides important habitat to hundreds of species of birds from Arctic Warblers to Waxwings. People travel from all over the world to view birds in Alaska's beautiful and rugged landscapes. Whether you visit the taiga forests, frozen tundra, high peaks, or vast rain forests, there are birding opportunities abound!

Alaska Birding Information

Visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Bird Viewing Overview to get information about specific bird species in Alaska, tips for attracting and responsibly feeding birds, and bird viewing hotspots around the state. Learn about the Wings Over Alaska program which awards participants with certificates based on how many species of birds they identify in the state.

Bird Festivals Throughout Alaska

Multiple birding festivals happen every year in Alaska, offering visitors opportunities to view migrating birds and interact with other birders. This site describes some of the festivals, along with the latest information about birding festivals happening around the State. Check out the Bird Festivals Throughout Alaska.

National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska

Alaska is home to sixteen National Wildlife Refuges. For those willing to make the extra effort to reach them these refuges can be fantastic spots to view all kinds of wildlife, especially birds. A list of the National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska can be found at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska Refuges Map. Many of these National Wildlife Refuges offer checklists on their website for birders showing which bird species are available for viewing within the Refuge.

If you are an educator please check out out Statewide Education Kits page for information on how to borrow the Bird Beak Adaptations or the Songbird Blues kit, and kits on many other subjects, for use with your students!

Things To Do

Hit the Trails Year Round at Campbell Tract

The Campbell Tract has 12 miles of trails open for year round recreation.

Explore World War II Ruins in Unalaska

Walk in the footsteps of World War II soldiers at Fort Schwatka in Unalaska, Alaska.

Photograph Wildlife in Kodiak

Beginning and expert photographers alike come from all over the world to photograph the large Kodiak brown bears that roam the island.