Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
Alaska Region

Icon of Blue Goose Compass. Click on the compass to view a map of the refuge (pdf)


For the Birds

Flock to Alaska Maritime Refuge’s birding hot spots just as the seabirds, endemics, and birds from Asia do.

Seabirds – nearly 40 million of them, more than 30 species in their finest breeding plumages including tufted and horned puffins, least and crested auklets – and enough visiting shearwaters to darken the waters near the Barren Islands or in Unimak Pass.

Endemics – birds that nest only here - including whiskered auklets, red-legged kittiwakes, and McKay’s buntings.

Asiatics – Spring, fall, and storms in summer bring sightings of birds blown off course or whose migration along Asia’s west coast takes them over the refuge.

Bird Lists

Other Birding Sites

Wings Over Alaska is a new program that rewards birdwatching. Birders who identify 50, 125, 200, or 275 species in Alaska receive certificates from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Birding in the Refuge System to learn more about birding on America's National Wildlife Refuges.

Kachemak Bay Birders website for field trips, recent sightings, meetings and other birding news in the Homer, Alaska area.

Last updated: November 2, 2012