Yakutat Tern Festival
The Ninth Annual Yakutat Tern Festival will take place May 30-June 2 2019. The Yakutat Tern Festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, Alaska. Itâ€™s family friendly and offers activities for birders as well as non-birders, including field trips, seminars, kidâ€™s activities, evening banquets and other programs, a Wildman foot race, music, and art. This year's keynote speaker is Ned Rozell, he writes weekly newspaper columns about science and natural history for the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Please see www.yakutatternfestival.org for more information and follow us on Facebook and Instagram! Yakutat Tern Festival and @yakutat_tern_festival. You can also call (907) 784-3359.
February 15-18, 2019
Great Backyard Bird Count Bird Walks
All hikes are free and led by Brenda Wright. Extra binoculars will be available for all walks.
Friday Feb. 15 1pm -- Fish Creek, North Douglas
Saturday Feb. 16 11am -- Near the Salmon Creek hatchery (DIPAC)kid friendly walk
Sunday Feb. 17 8am -- Auke Recreation Area start at campground entrance
Monday Feb. 18 8am -- Sheep Creek,Thane Road
2018 Juneau Christmas Bird Count
December 15, Saturday
Click here for list of species observed during the 2018 Christmas Bird Count.
The 46th Juneau Christmas Bird Count took place Saturday, December 15, 2018. Twenty-nine volunteers reported 59 species and 7,180 individual birds. A few feeder watchers also contributed their observations to the count. Ten additional species were seen during count week, for a total of 69.
The weather was overcast, with temperatures in the upper teens to upper twenties, zero precipitation, and calm winds in all areas except downtown and Douglas, which were windy. Most ponds and lakes were frozen.
Highlights include Sanderling, Spotted Towhee, White-Throated Sparrow, Anna's Hummingbird, and Red-Winged Blackbird on count day and Sharp-shinned Hawk, Black Turnstone, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Short-eared Owl, Wilson's Warbler, and Harris's Sparrow during count week. Those species have been seen on fewer than 20 previous counts.
The count resulted in two new highs, one new low, and a new species. Counts of 873 American Wigeons and 345 Dunlin are new high counts for those species. A count of 112 Surf Scoters is a new low for that species. Additionally, Wilson's Warbler, which was seen during count week, is a new species for the Juneau count.
The 23 species that have been seen on each of the other 45 counts were seen on count day. The five most numerous species were Mallard (2,049), American Wigeon (873), Canada Goose (724), Glaucous-winged Gull (714), and Common Raven (274).