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WINNER of Alaska 2014 Bird of the Year!

March 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska

The feathers have been flying furiously the last few days, but we now have a winner of the 2014 Alaska Bird of the Year election! The winner is (cue the bugling of Sandhill Cranes)… The long-distance migration world-champion the Bar-tailed Godwit! Starting with a strong lead, the Bar-tailed Godwit managed to keep just a wingspan […]

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Vote by Midnight for Alaska Bird of the Year!

March 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska

Candidate Species Short-tailed Albatross spend much of their life on the wing, sometimes flying from nesting grounds in Japan or Midway Island to Alaska waters to feed while raising a chick. This video catches that amazing transformation from clumsy land bird to royalty of the skies. Voting for Bird of the Year ends at midnight […]

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Vote for Audubon Alaska’s Bird of the Year this Week!

March 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Birding

                What species from the Alaska WatchList should be Audubon Alaska’s next Bird of the Year? The bodacious Bar-tailed Godwit, the show-stopping Short-tailed Albatross, or the legendary Lesser Yellowlegs? YOU make the call! The Bird of the Year will be the spokesbird on Audubon Alaska’s 2014 window decals, […]

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Exxon Valdez: Everlasting Disaster

March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s beautiful Prince William Sound. Cordova, a coastal fishing town hit hard by the spill, is home to David Janka. He was there the day of the spill; 25 years later, he shares his thoughts and photos with Audubon Alaska. The photos of […]

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Great American Arctic Birding Challenge Starts March 1!

February 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

2014 Great American Arctic Birding Challenge Starts March 1! Let the games begin! Birds from across the country migrate to the Arctic to nest—how many can your team find in your state? The Challenge runs March 1-June 1. So find a warbler expert, your friend with the top-of-the-line scope, or someone with supersonic hearing to […]

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Shell Backs Out of Arctic

January 30th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Eiders can do a happy dance—Shell canceled its Arctic Ocean 2014 drilling plans today! After $1.1 million in Clean Air Act violations, sea ice delays (ice in the Arctic Ocean? Shocking!), a drill rig running aground in 2012, and last week’s court decision that federal offshore oil lease sales were based on “improper information” and […]

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Huge win for Arctic birds

January 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway

In a major victory for Arctic birds, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today ruled that the Department of the Interior violated the law when it sold oil and gas drilling leases in the Chukchi Sea of the coast of Alaska. Audubon President David Yarnold issued the following statement: “We don’t know nearly enough about […]

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114th Audubon Christmas Bird Count off and running

December 14th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Audubon California, Audubon Chapters, Birding, Christmas Bird Count, National Audubon Society

The longest-running citizen science survey in the world, the Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) starts today and runs through Jan. 5. Tens of thousands of volunteers throughout North America will brave winter weather to add a new layer to data that has shaped conservation and Congressional decisions for over a century. Each year, the Audubon Christmas […]

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New interactive map of Pacific Flyway marine Important Bird Areas

December 11th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Audubon Alaska, Audubon California, Bird conservation, Bird Habitat, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Seabirds are some of the world’s most fascinating wildlife species. In an effort to raise awareness about the plight of these birds and the habitats they depend on, Audubon has released a new interactive map that allows users to explore some of the most important places for these birds. The map extends from the icy […]

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Where do eiders go?

December 6th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Audubon Alaska’s Science Director Melanie Smith explains how we and our partners mapped out that answer, and where other important Arctic Ocean bird and wildlife habitat lies, to recommend places that shouldn’t be open for offshore drilling in this Alaska Public Radio story. (Photo: Male and female King Eiders) Share on Facebook

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How is China connected to Alaska?

November 26th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat

Birds connect us to the world. Listen to this episode of BirdNote to find out why the Yellow Sea in China is critical for Alaska’s shorebirds, such as this Bar-tailed Godwit. (Photo by Steve Maslowski, US Fish & Wildlife Service) Share on Facebook

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Research in Juneau, Alaska Delves into the Secret Lives of Hummingbirds

August 12th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Pacific Flyway

                Rufous Hummingbirds are the only hummingbirds hearty enough to nest in Alaska. A new research project in Juneau examines how these tiny dynamos survive, even in years when they arrive while snow is still on the ground! (Photo by Beth Peluso) Share on Facebook

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Video of Flying with Eagles over Kodiak, Alaska

June 11th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird videos

Watch some curious bald eagles check out a remote-controlled glider. Don’t you wish you were small enough to fit on that plane? Share on Facebook

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100s of Scientists Say “Protect Tongass Salmon “

June 10th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska

Did you know that 70 percent of wild salmon harvested from national forests in the US is from the Tongass National Forest in Alaska? Today, hundreds of scientists asked Congress to permanently protect Tongass watersheds important for salmon http://bit.ly/13iGluN. Protecting these watersheds would also help birds such as the Queen Charlotte Goshawk and Marbled Murrelet […]

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Not-so-common beauty

May 28th, 2013 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Audubon California, Birding, Pacific Flyway, spring migration

Despite its name, the looks of the Common Yellowthroat are anything but. The male of the species sports a unique black mask that gives it an air of mystery. That, combined with its distinctive yellow throat and olive body, makes for a pretty attractive warbler. The bird can be seen throughout North America, but here […]

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