Wildlife Viewing - Adak Island


Where The volcanic island of Adak is located about half way out the Aleutian chain.

How to Get There There are several flights a week from Anchorage and in some years by cruise ship.

Access, Public Easements and Land Ownership

Most of the land near town belongs to the Aleut Corporation and permits and fees are required. Contact the Aleut Enterprises, LLC at (907) 277-7520 or email adak@adakisland.com Public access easements cross Native land to access the refuge in some areas. Access easements can only be used for access. You cannot hunt or fish while on a public access easement unless you have a land use permit from the Aleut Corporation. Other small parcels elsewhere on the island are also in Native ownership. See the land ownership and easement maps in the links below.

Highlights

As near to Asia as to North America, Adak offers the chance to see birds seldom found elsewhere. Sea otters and seals can be seen in a saltwater lagoon, and whales ply the offshore waters. Bald eagles are common sights.

Hunting too

Caribou were introduced to the island in 1958 and continue to offer hunting opportunities.

Birding


The island attracts a variety of birds to habitats that vary from marine waters to barren mudflats to high alpine tundra. Birdwatching is best at low tide and during early morning and late evening. Species abundance varies with the season and weather conditions. Clam Lagoon, especially the southwest portion, is considered the best birding area. Kuluk Bay, Sweeper Cove, Lake Andrew and other areas are also productive.

The chance to see a unique species makes birding in the Aleutians fun and challenging. About a quarter of the over 200 birds on Adak island’s checklist are typical of Asia. Almost any observer can help fill in missing pieces with data on species range, migration dates and bird behavior. In 2012, a good birding website was maintained by a bird guide living on Adak. Off island guides also lead tours to Adak.