Thursday, May 5, 2011

International Migratory Bird Day

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day on your district! Click here for your printable checklist of Alaska birds, grab a pencil and some binoculars, and go birding!

Juneauites will have a special treat, when bird experts from the Tongass National Forest host special Bird Day events! On Saturday May 7th, come for a live songbird-banding demonstration at the Juneau Community Garden pavilion. Ongoing from 7:30 am to 11:00 am, birds will be captured in nets, fitted with lightweight tags, and safely released.

Arctic tern offers fish to its young, Mendenhall Glacier

Then, on Sunday the 8th, welcome back the Arctic terns at Photo Point Trail near Mendehall Glacier Visitor Center. From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, you can birdwatch through high-powered spotting scopes, win prizes, and enjoy art and other activities for all ages.

One more way to celebrate International Year of Forests!

Which birds do you love to see return every year?


  1. The thrushes--American robin, varied thrush--are favorites every year. Their beautiful voices are like music. But this year, I've really been enjoying the far-off sound of the little ruby-crowned kinglets that have just taken up residence among the trees around our house.

  2. Biologists estimate that an average Arctic Tern, by travelling annually from its Northern breeding grounds to the Antarctic and back, covers a lifetime distance of about 500,000 miles. That's like going to the moon and back! Mendenhall Glacier is a great place to view them.

  3. i think i saw a plover hopping around in ketchikan?? this is what i'm told.