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Rufous Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird

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Alaska Hummingbird Festival - Ketchikan, Alaska

April 2018

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.

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Black-Legged Kittiwake
Black-Legged Kittiwake

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Stikine River Birding Festival - Wrangell, AK

April 26-28, 2018

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

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Northern Pintail
Rufous Hummingbird

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Spring Migration Celebration - Fairbanks, Alaska

April 28, 2018

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

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Shorebirds near Cordova, Alaska
Shorebirds near Cordova, Alaska

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Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival - Cordova, AK

May 3-6, 2018

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

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Shorebirds found at Kachemak Bay during the festival
Shorebirds found at Kachemak
Bay during the festival

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Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival - Homer, AK

May 10th-13th, 2018

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

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Peregrine Falcon
Peregrine Falcon

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Upper Tanana Migratory Bird Festival - Tok, AK

TBA

This festival 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.

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Black-Capped Chickadee
Black-Capped Chickadee

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Kenai Birding Festival - Kenai, AK

May 17-20, 2018

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.

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Aleutian Tern
Aleutian Tern

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Yakutat Tern Festival - Yakutat, AK

May 31st- June 3rd, 2018

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

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Sandhill Crane
Sandhill Crane

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Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival - Fairbanks, Alaska

TBA

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

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Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle

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Alaska Bald Eagle Festival - Haines, AK

November 5th-10th, 2018

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