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SELAWIK: Kotzebue Residents Flock to Spring Bird Walks
Alaska Region, June 28, 2010
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Friends volunteer Carla Stanley stalks an American golden plover with a group of curious Kotzebue children, May 2010. Photo by Susan Georgette.
Friends volunteer Carla Stanley stalks an American golden plover with a group of curious Kotzebue children, May 2010. Photo by Susan Georgette. - Photo Credit: n/a
Friends volunteer Suzi Golodoff and other Kotzebue birders study a northern wheatear spotted along the road. May 2010. Photo by Susan Georgette.
Friends volunteer Suzi Golodoff and other Kotzebue birders study a northern wheatear spotted along the road. May 2010. Photo by Susan Georgette. - Photo Credit: n/a

Groups of people lining the roadway, binoculars to their eyes, are becoming a sure sign of spring in the arctic community of Kotzebue. To celebrate the annual return of migrating birds, the Selawik NWR in cooperation with the National Park Service once again hosted a series of daily bird walks in mid-May. Two volunteers with Friends of Alaska Refuges led the walks, cheerily sharing their expert knowledge with novices and advanced birders alike. Even with a still-frozen ocean and chilly temperatures, the birders spotted nearly 40 species of birds during the four days of outings. More than 75 people participated in these excursions—a mix of children, adults, long-term residents, newcomers, and visitors. In addition, Friends volunteers and refuge staff took a flock of day care kids out birding, where they spotted hawks, ravens, and songbirds and became familiar with the distinctive sound of snipes. Everyone enjoyed the birds, the spring sun, the company, and the hot drinks and snacks!


Contact Info: Susan Georgette, 907-442-3799 ext 16, susan_georgette@fws.gov



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