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Birdwatching

Sandhill Crane in Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge

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 concentration of shorebirds is one of the most impressive wildlife sights in the world. Alaska truly 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, including Homer's Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, Cordova's Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival, Tok's Upper Tanana Migratory Bird Festival and Anchorage's International Migratory Bird Day. Alaska is also the best place in the United States to see 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. For more information on bird viewing in Alaska, visit the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website at www.adfg.alaska.gov.