Where to Bird - updated June 2011
United States of America -- Alaska
Discover the top birding locations in Alaska. Find out more about Alaska Bird Clubs and Birding Organizations in Alaska. Print out a checklist of Alaska birds. Find the Rare Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Alaska. Order books to help you become a better birder in Alaska. Discover links to Alaska Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Alaska before you begin your trip.
Birds of Special Interest: Arctic Loon, Fork-tailed Storm Petrel, Red-faced Cormorant, Trumpeter Swan, Common Eider, Stellar's Eider, Northern Goshawk, Gyrfalcon, Spruce Grouse, Willow Ptarmigan, Rock Ptarmigan, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Bar-tailed Godwit, Rock Sandpiper, Glaucous Gull, Aleutian Tern, Thick-billed Murre,Kittlitz's Murrelet, Ancient Murrelet, Parakeet Auklet, Tufted Puffin, Horned Puffin, Short-eared Owl, Boreal Owl, Three-toed Woodpecker, Alder Flycatcher, Northwestern Crow, Arctic Warbler, Bohemian Waxwing, Northern Wheatear, Bluethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Rusty Blackbird, White-winged Crossbill, Hoary Redpoll.
|State Bird: Willow Ptarmigan
University of Fairbanks
NPWRC Bird Checklists - Alaska
Species Seen in Alaska: 492
State Ornithological Society:
Rare Bird Alerts:
(907) 451-9213 Fairbanks
Eagle Chat (Juneau)
Retail Birding Stores
|Birding Links for Alaska:
Alaska Bird Observatory
Alaska Bird Watching
Alaska National Parks
Alaska Forest Service
Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve
Homer Alaska Shorebird Festival
Birding Locations Around Anchorage
Birding on the Denali Highway
St. Paul Island
Prince William Sound
US Fish & Wildlife Service Refuges
Audubon Chapters in Alaska
Anchorage Audubon Society
Arctic Audubon Society
Juneau Audubon Society
Kodiak Audubon Society
Boreal Partners in Flight
The Nature Conservancy
Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots:
53.00 N 173.60 E
You can see the end of the world from here. Rare migrants for those trying to see 700 birds in North America. Outward bound type conditions -- for the truly possessed birder only!
71.20 N 156.60 W
Not much diversity, but what is here is spectacular. All four Eiders including Spectacled Eider and Steller's Eider. Breeding plumaged Sandpipers and Phalaropes are here, too.
59.30 N 135.00 W
See thousands of Bald Eagles near Skagway from October through January as they assemble here to feast on salmon.
Copper River Delta
60.50 N 144.90 W
Would you believe 20 million shorebirds and waterfowl a month moving through during spring migration!! Be there at the end of April and the beginning of May.
Denali National Park (Mt. McKinley)
62.48 N 150.15 W
Arctic Warbler, Ptarmigans, Northern Goshawk, Gyrfalcon, and Northern Wheatear are all possible. Good birding between Talkeetna and the park. Inside Denali, travel is by shuttle-bus. You will see lots of mammals, too.
Kenai Peninsula (Anchorage-Homer)
59.39 N 151.33 W
A 240 mile drive full of northern specialties. Watch for Boreal Chickadee, Bohemian Waxwing and Spruce Grouse in Chugach National Forest. Red-faced Cormorants, all 3 Scoters, and Wandering Tattler at Kachemak Bay.
64.40 N 165.20 W
Fly into Nome in early June. You will have 22 hours of daylight for birding! Look for Glaucous Gull, Black-legged Kittiwake and Arctic Tern along the waterfront. Try Taylor Road (beyond Mile 73) for Bluethroat and Bristle-thighed Curlew.
57.10 N 170.30 W
St. Paul Island is your destination. You are almost sure to find a fantastic Asian migrant plus Parakeet, Crested and Least Auklets. Watch for McKay's Bunting, Bar-tailed Godwit, and Rock Sandpiper.
St. Lawrence Island (Gambell)
63.70 N 171.70 W
Perpetual inclement weather. Many Asian strays and semi-regular migrants. Perhaps you will see Yellow-billed and Arctic Loon; Spectacled Eider; Wagtails; Ross's and Ivory Gull; or a Red-throated Pipit.