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Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

In southwest Alaska, the waters of the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers flow through a vast "treeless plain," or tundra that forms the heart of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Almost 70% of this 19 million acre refuge is below 100 feet in elevation, and consists of a broad, flat delta stitched through with rivers and streams and dotted with countless lakes, sloughs and ponds. Bordering this expanse of tundra and wetlands are forest and shrub habitat and uplands sporting mountains more than 4000 feet high. The refuge also includes two large islands - Nelson and Nunivak.
A vision of the Yukon Delta Refuge is one of waterfowl. Without question, the refuge supports one of the largest aggregations of water birds in the world and a spectacle takes place every spring as millions of ducks, geese, and other water birds return to the refuge to nest. But a vision of the refuge must be much broader than waterfowl. It supports one of the most important shorebird nesting areas in the United States in terms of both density and species diversity. Hundreds of miles of rivers and streams provide spawning and rearing habitat for 44 species of fish including all five North American Pacific salmon. Drier upland habitats harbor populations of both brown and black bears, caribou, moose, wolves, and muskox. Along the coast of the refuge, the waters of the Bering Sea host a variety of marine mammals, including whales which pass during migration.

Birding in Juneau, Alaska

Juneau is one of Alaska's nicest places to go birding. The combination of mountains, forest, wetlands, intertidal, and marine habitats, all accessible from the Juneau road and trail system, provides for extensive and diverse birding opportunities.

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Good Birding Sites around Juneau

Great birding locations including The Mendenhall Wildlife Refuge, Point Bridget State Park and Cowee Creek, Eagle Beach at the mouth of the Eagle-Herbert River Drainage, Amalga Marsh, adjoining Eagle River,The Mendenhall Glacier forelands.
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Trip reports from Alaska

MAY 30 - JUNE 12, 1999
WFO Conference Trip Report by Robbie Fischer
Photos contributed by Mike Rogers, Robbie Fischer, and Steve Stapp

Click here for this trip report

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