Thursday, March 17, 2011

First Annual Yakutat Tern Festival, 2-5 June 2011

The Yakutat Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Forest Service, and local community members and businesses are collaborating on the 1st Annual Yakutat Tern Festival for 2011. The mission of the festival is to highlight the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of Yakutat and to stimulate the local economy by hosting a festival celebrating Aleutian Terns. Participants at the festival will enjoy the following:
  • Outstanding field trips, including viewing of Aleutian Terns
  • Numerous activities for kids relating to birds and cultural resources
  • Native cultural events including the Mount Saint Elias Dancers and Native Story-telling
  • Exceptional art show featuring local native artists and well known glass artist Preston Singletary
  • Related speakers and seminars on Yakutat natural and cultural topics
  • Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska's Tongass Rain Forest exhibition by photographer Amy Gulick 
photo by Mike Denega

One of the largest and southernmost known breeding colonies of Aleutian Terns exists in Yakutat. This bird species has a limited range throughout Alaska and eastern Siberia and Russia, and very little is known about it, including its migration patterns. The Yakutat area is currently at the forefront of Aleutian Tern research, including studies on population trends, nesting ecology, and migration patterns. 

Bring the family for a fun, educational, one-of-a-kind experience at the Yakutat Tern Festival this year!

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