Nov
4
7:00 PM19:00

When the freezer breaks: Canada Jays in a warming world with Emily Williams

Learn about Denali National Park’s Canada Jay project with avian ecologist Emily Williams!

The Canada Jay (formerly Gray Jay) endures harsh winters in Alaska. To survive, they have adapted a unique lifestyle: store food items such as berries, fungi, insects, and animal flesh in trees. The thing that all these items have in common, though, is that they are perishable, or at risk of spoilage. This usually isn’t a problem in a landscape characterized by long periods of deep freeze. However, with increasing temperatures, their strategy may be put at risk. To understand the effects of a changing climate on Canada Jays, Denali initiated a study to learn more about the year-round requirements of this unique species. Understanding the interplay of jays’ diet, their unusual caching strategy, and jay foraging behavior as it relates to body condition, female incubation behavior, and reproductive investment will all shed light on how this iconic resident species may be faring in a warming world.

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Oct
15
4:30 PM16:30

Chasing Eiders: My Summers in the High Arctic

Want to hear an eider's heartbeat? Be taken along through ice and fog to the off-shore world of the barrier islands of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge? Join the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges to hear Elyssa Watford share stories and stunning photos and videos of her three years of eider research on the barrier islands. Elyssa, a PhD candidate at UAF, has been working with common eiders, North America's largest duck, for three years. Her work focuses on the potential effect of climate change on these special birds and their habitats. Come learn about Elyssa's important work, these incredible birds, and how you too can "Friend" Alaska's National Wildlife Refuges. A reception at 4:30 is followed by the presentation at 5:00.

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Oct
7
7:00 PM19:00

"Conservation, Development, & Wildlife Corridors of the Boreal Forest of Alaska & Yukon" A presentation with Mike Spindler

The boreal forests of Alaska and western Canada contain huge expanses of intact wildlife and fish habitat. There has also been a long history of human uses on these lands, and recent increased pressure to develop some areas for transportation corridors and extraction of mineral resources. How does society balance these needs and are they mutually exclusive? Mike Spindler will discuss some examples of collaborative conservation, including pro-active land use planning, and designated wildlife corridors. He’ll also provide an overview of a controversial development EIS (Ambler Road), and two land use plans, one from interior Alaska and one from the central Yukon Territory.

Mike Spindler serves as the U.S. Co-Chair of the Northwest Boreal Landscape Conservation Cooperative. This partnership includes over 30 organizations, such as government agencies, tribes, first nations, and NGOs in Alaska, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Mike lives in Fairbanks, and previously lived in Northway, Kotzebue and Galena. Presently retired, Mike spent most of his career working at seven of Alaska’s 16 National Wildlife Refuges: Alaska Maritime, Arctic, Selawik, Koyukuk/Nowitna/Innoko, and lastly at Kanuti.

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Sep
25
5:00 PM17:00

Beaks, Geeks, & Treats

Celebrate the birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with light appetizers, cool giveaways, amazing stories, and bird trivia! This event is part of the Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest happening online September 23-27, 2019. Artist Michael Boardman will be onsite and talk about his experiences at the Canning River Bird Camp.

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Sep
23
to Sep 27

Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest

The 2nd annual Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest will be held online from September 23-27, in celebration of a place few get a chance to see in person – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Join Audubon Alaska, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, Manomet, and bird lovers from across the country in celebration of this incredible place that serves a vital role for birds from around the continent.

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Sep
9
7:00 PM19:00

Climate change: from cutting-edge science to innovative solutions

A free public lecture with Dr. Katharine Hayhoe at UAF’s Salisbury Theater on climate change, science, and future solutions. Dr. Hayhoe is a climate scientist who served as lead author for the National Climate Assessments under the Bush, Obama, & Trump administrations. She is also the director of Texas Tech’s Climate Science Center. Arrive early to explore how Alaskans are addressing climate change. Booths open at 6:00.

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Apr
1
7:00 PM19:00

South America: Exploring the Bird Continent From Sea to Summit

Northern South America is a land of superlatives in terms of its biodiversity, varied landscapes, and cultures. The region’s geographic setting, mountainous topography, and extensive tropical forests conspire to create a riot of bird diversity—whether in the form of flamboyant mountain-tanagers, outlandish hummingbirds, or skulking antbirds of the lowland forest floor. In this talk, JJ will introduce you to the forest ecosystems of Colombia, Ecuador, and Suriname—and of course their birds! Along the way he hopes to provide a primer for aspiring neotropical birders, practical tips for visiting the region, and an overview of challenges and opportunities for forest conservation in South America.

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Building the National Geographic Photo Ark: A special presentation with Cole Sartore

Cole Sartore has been assisting his father, photographer Joel Sartore, build The Photo Ark for 12 years. The Sartores hope to capture a brief moment within each species life, to tell its story, and to inspire awareness and care for the incredible beauty in Earth’s biodiversity. Join Cole as he shares information and stories from the PhotoArk team’s travels to 40 countries, and a look to the work ahead.

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Mar
4
to Mar 8

18th Alaska Bird Conference

  • Westmark Hotel & Conference Center (map)
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The 18th Alaska Bird Conference is returning to Fairbanks, March 4-8, 2019 at the Westmark Hotel and Conference Center. The conference features three full days of scientific presentations and workshops, along an art show, poster session, and other community events. Daily and student rates are available. Visit www.alaskabirdconference.org for all the details.

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Mar
2
8:00 AM08:00

3rd (Final) Saturday of Fairbanks FeederCount

Help the Alaska Songbird Institute and Arctic Audubon Society with the Fairbanks FeederCount. Just watch your bird feeder and record your sightings on 3 Saturdays throughout the winter (or within a week of the official count date). If you are unavailable for one or two dates, you can submit data for just the date(s) you are available. After March 3, turn in your data sheet to the Alaska Songbird Institute. Download a counter’s packet HERE.

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Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

The Bears of McNeil River: Photographs of bears, landscapes and other animals at McNeil River Reserve and how to get there.

DATE HAS CHANGED! Program is Tuesday February 5

A presentation by Bud Marschner. Bud has been photographing wildlife in Alaska for the last 25 years and has been to McNeil River four times at different times of the summer.  At different times of the season, the guides will take you to different parts of the reserve as the bears are at different places depending on where the salmon are.

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Dec
8
9:00 AM09:00

2nd Saturday of Fairbanks FeederCount

Help the Alaska Songbird Institute and Arctic Audubon Society with the Fairbanks FeederCount. Just watch your bird feeder and record your sightings on 3 Saturdays throughout the winter (or within a week of the official count date). If you are unavailable for one or two dates, you can submit data for just the date(s) you are available. After March 3, turn in your data sheet to the Alaska Songbird Institute. Download a counter’s packet HERE.

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Dec
4
7:00 PM19:00

Seasonal movements of Alaska's migratory Golden Eagles

Alaska is home to one of the largest populations of migratory Golden Eagles in North America. These wide-ranging migrants use a variety of habitats throughout the year and many spend time on Alaska’s North Slope before they enter a breeding population. Come learn more as Dr. Carol McIntyre, a wildlife biologist at Denali National Park & Preserve, discusses results of historical and contemporary studies of Alaska’s migratory Golden Eagles.


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Nov
13
7:00 PM19:00

Is Developing the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Worth the Risk? A presentation by Ken Whitten

Last year Congress used a legislative sleight of hand to open the Coastal Plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration and development. There was little discussion or debate about the hastily crafted bill which makes some wild assumptions about potential revenues and misstates the scale of development and its potential impacts. In this presentation Ken Whitten will discuss Arctic Refuge leasing in the context of other oil and gas programs on the North Slope and illustrate the Refuge’s key significance as part of a larger conservation system protecting the Porcupine Caribou Herd and other wildlife.

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Nov
10
9:00 AM09:00

1st Saturday of Fairbanks FeederCount

Help the Alaska Songbird Institute and Arctic Audubon Society with the Fairbanks FeederCount. Just watch your bird feeder and record your sightings on 3 Saturdays throughout the winter (or within a week of the official count date). If you are unavailable for one or two dates, you can submit data for just the date(s) you are available. After March 3, turn in your data sheet to the Alaska Songbird Institute. Download a counter’s packet HERE.

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Oct
9
7:00 PM19:00

Experience the Sights and Sounds of a Day on the Platte River with 320,000 Sandhill Cranes

A presentation at the Noel Wien Library by Ron Teel for Arctic Audubon Society.

See and hear some of the 320,000 Sandhill Cranes one day on the Platte River in Nebraska. Learn about the importance of the Platte River for the survival of the Sandhill Cranes. Get information to plan YOUR trip in March to experience this amazing migration. See other birds in Nebraska in the spring.

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May
19
8:00 AM08:00

Songbird Identification & Birding By Ear Field Trip

Local birding experts will lead a series of three Saturday morning birding field trips during spring migration. This week focuses on SONGBIRDS and BIRDING BY EAR! Meet at 8:00 am at the Creamer’s Field Farmhouse parking lot. Bring binoculars, a snack, and rubber boots if you have them. For more information, please contact Frank Keim, frankkeim@gmail.com or 775-762-3510.

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May
12
8:00 AM08:00

Shorebird Identification Field Trip

Local birding experts will lead a series of three Saturday morning birding field trips during spring migration. This week focuses on SHOREBIRDS! Meet at 8:00 am at the Creamer’s Field Farmhouse parking lot. Bring binoculars, a snack, and rubber boots if you have them. For more information, please contact Frank Keim, frankkeim@gmail.com or 775-762-3510.

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Apr
28
12:00 PM12:00

Spring Migration Celebration

Drop by Creamer's Field to celebrate spring and the return of migratory birds to Fairbanks. Arctic Audubon will host bird viewing stations with spotting scopes and local experts on hand to help with bird identification. Many other organizations will be around the Creamer's Farmhouse with activities for people of all ages. 

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Apr
21
8:30 AM08:30

Delta Junction Birdwatching Field Trip

Join Arctic Audubon on for an all-day outing in the Delta Junction area (return time is approximate). We will search for migrating cranes, waterfowl, hawks, and anything else that might be coming through! Meet at 8:30 AM at the Creamer’s Field Farmhouse parking lot to carpool. Wear warm boots, clothing and hat, and bring bring lunch & snacks, binoculars, bird book or app, etc. If you have any questions, please contact Frank Keim, frankkeim@gmail.com or 775-762-3510.

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Apr
2
7:00 PM19:00

Dance on Top of the World

The Brooks Range represents pretty much the northern distribution limit of many boreal forest species such as snowshoe hares and their main predators - the Canada lynx and the great horned owl. Dr. Knut Kielland will present recent efforts by students and collaborators to understand the ecology of these species, and highlight some aspects of their unique natural history in this part of Alaska.

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