Birding Alaska

It is the largest of the United States in land area, but one of the least populated, and one of the most remote. At more than 6,600 miles, it has the longest coastline of any U.S. state—and despite the vast landmass, birding hotspots are all in coastal areas. At 514 species—more than half of all bird species documented in North America—it has one of the longest bird checklists of any U.S. state. That list includes many species found nowhere else in North America. Finding Alaskan rarities—mostly vagrants from Asia—takes time, money, fortitude, and resolve to get to remote islands in the Bering Sea, where accommodations are primitive. Hotspots in southeastern Alaska are much more accessible. In late April through early May, flocks containing millions of shorebirds congregate in staging areas along the coast and in mudflats before dispersing to their breeding grounds farther north.

  • Alaska Birding & Nature Festivals

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BWD Festival Finder

During the peak of bird migration, there's nothing more exciting than attending a birding festival. The birds are spectacular and the people are great. If you haven't tried a festival yet, this is a must-do for next season! Use BWD's Birding and Nature Festival Finder to help you select from the many available in special areas all over the country.
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  • Alaska Birding Hotspots

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Perhaps because it's not a flashy bird and spends most of its life at sea, much remains unknown about the marbled murrelet. In fact, its nesting habits weren't discovered until the 1970s!

State Spotlight: Alaska

Planning a birding trip in Alaska? Check out the State Spotlight article from Bird Watcher's Digest. We have a listing of hotspots, target birds, and more, all available in PDF format!
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