Summer Hummingbird Days at AWCC

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Summer Hummingbird Days at AWCC
Saturday, June 3, 2023
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center,
Mile 79 Seward Highway
Portage, AK 99587
Join us at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center for Rufous Hummingbird banding demonstrations and presentations with biologists from US. Fish & Wildlife, Alaska Hummingbird Project, and AWCC’s naturalists.


  • Rufous Hummingbird Banding Demonstrations throughout the day. (All Demonstrations are weather and hummingbird dependent.)
  • Hummingbird 101: Learn about what makes up a natural hummingbird diet, the best practices for setting feeders at home, and how they use their flashy color to communicate.
  • Hummingbirds & Climate Change: Researchers are focused on understanding what impacts a changing climate may have on species like the Rufous Hummingbird. Learn about current impacts to hummingbirds and how banding research will provide baseline knowledge for future research and conservation of rufous hummingbirds.
  • Hummingbirds and Other Pollinators: Did you know hummingbirds are pollinators? Learn about the important role hummingbirds and other pollinators play in pollinating Alaska’s plants.
  • Hummingbird Migration: Learn about the perils of migration and what factors likely have led to an apparent population decline of over 60% in the past 50 years. This is just one species contributing to the loss of 3 billion birds in North America. Learn what steps you can take to support hummingbirds in the future.
The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is located in Portage Valley and is surrounded by the breathtaking Chugach Mountain Range and Turnagain Arm Inlet. Located at Mile 79 of the Seward Highway, AWCC is a non-profit sanctuary dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through conservation, education, research, and quality animal care. AWCC takes in orphaned and injured animals year-round and provides them a forever home. The sanctuary maintains over 200 acres of spacious habitats for resident animals to feel at home displaying their natural wild behavior as education ambassadors for their species. It is common for visitors to see brown bears swimming, moose strutting, wood bison roaming, muskox playing, wolves posing, porcupines climbing, and more!

AWCC has been able to provide care for hundreds of displaced animals because visitors to AWCC have made critical contributions in the form of tours, admission fees, donations, memberships, and gift shop purchases.

Experience Alaska’s wildlife via AWCC’s scenic 1.5-mile loop, accessible by foot, by bike, or by car, while learning about our resident wildlife via interpretive signs at each animal habitat. AWCC encourages you to visit the center with your walking shoes and camera in hand for an educational Alaskan experience to remember. Be sure to book a tour or Animal Encounter! AWCC offers up-close and personal experiences. Book early and enjoy Moose Encounters, Bear Encounters, and Walk on the Wild Side Tours.
AWCC offers a peaceful and scenic setting for the ultimate Alaska experience where guests will be surrounded by stunning mountains, Alpine Glaciers, the Turnagain Arm Inlet, and Alaska’s beautiful wildlife.

We look forward to welcoming you to the sanctuary!