For the Birds

Red-legged Kittiwake photo by Ronan Dugan

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

– 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 an Alaska Department of Fish and Game program that encourages more people to enjoy Alaska’s birds and to take their birding skills to a higher level. Alaska is home to a huge variety of birds – 471 species have been positively identified to date – and makes the 49th state a paradise for birders and a destination for many who hope to see rarities like the Bluethroat, Whiskered Auklet, and Bristle-Thighed Curlew. Participants are awarded free certificates for bird species they have seen in Alaska. There are four levels of certification for birders based on identifying 50, 125, 200 and 275 species in the state. The highest level of certificate is signed by the Governor.

Birding in the Refuge System website 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.