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Nearly 430 species of birds can be found in Alaska, including ducks, geese, swans and the millions of seabirds that nest in colonies along Alaska's coastlines. Some migratory birds travel up to 20,000 miles on their round-trip journeys to Alaska. The spring concentrations of shorebirds is one of the most impressive sights in the world. Alaska is the best place in the country to view our national symbol, the American Bald Eagle. The Chilkat River near Haines is home to over 3,000 bald eagles each fall when they arrive to feed on the late run of salmon. Alaska is a birder's heaven.May ushers in millions of birds to Alaska, and many communities celebrate with festivals that are designed to be both fun and educational.Homer's Kachemak Bay Shorebird FestivalCordova's Copper River Delta Shorebird FestivalTok's Upper Tanana Migratory Bird FestivalAnchorage's International Migratory Bird DayFor more detailed information visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

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