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Updated: May 29, 2015.

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Spring Juneau Bird Walk Schedule


Date/Time                            Activity/Location         Tide Info                 Leader/s

Sat. April 11

8am- 10am

Fish Creek- Meet 8.3 North Douglas Hwy parking lot before creek Hi 14.5 @ 6:02a

Lo 1.6 @12:44p

Laurie Lamm, Owen Squires

Sat. April 18


Auke Rec/ Pt. Louisa Meet at Shelter closest to Pt. Louisa Trail Lo -3.4 @ 7:32a

Hi 18.0 @ 1:48p

Mark Schwan

Sat. April 25


Berners Bay Cruise

Public Boat Harbor Auke Bay

Main Leaders: Laurie Craig, Mary Willson

Assistants: Gus V., Amy C.

Sat. May 2

Cruise 1) 8:30am



Cruise 2) 1:30pm

Berners Bay Cruises

Public Boat Harbor Auke Bay

AM Main Leaders: Mary Willson, Laurie C.

AM Assistants: Brenda W., Gus V., Amy C.

PM Main Leader: Laurie Craig

PM Assistants: Brenda W., Gus V., Amy C.

Sat. May 9


Airport Dike Trail Meet Radcliffe Road entrance to wetlands Hi 15.7 @ 4:53a

Lo -0.3 @ 11:27a

Amy Courtney

Sat. May 16


Bird Banding @

Community Gardens – Montana Creek Road

Gwen Baluss

Sat. May 23


Eagle Beach Mile 28

Glacier Highway

Hi 14.9 @ 5:06a

Lo 0.4 @ 11:35a


Sat. May 30


Moose and Dredge Lakes

Meet in Back Loop Road parking lot by bridge over the Mendenhall River

Lo 1.0 @ 5:57a

Hi 13.3 @ 12:12p

Gus van Vliet

Sat. June 6


Treadwell Trails Hi 17.1 @ 3:56

Lo -2.1 @ 10:26

Patty Rose

2015 Southeast Alaska’s Birding Festivals:


Ketchikan’s Alaska Hummingbird Festival, Events throughout April.  The “gateway” to Alaska hosts the earliest migrants, and many birds that are hard to see elsewhere in Alaska.   Alaska Hummingbird Festival  


Wrangell’s Stikine River Birding Festival, April 30 to May 3  Thousands of migrating shorebirds, Bald Eagles and more near the mouth of one of the world’s last great wild rivers!    Stikine River Birding Festival  


Yakutat Tern Festival May 28- 31  Perhaps the world’s best place to the view enigmatic Aleutian Tern in a stunning setting.   Yakutat Tern Festival



Bird Festivals Throughout Alaska provided by Alaska Audubon


Wrap Up

By Brenda Wright, Juneau Audubon

Thanks to everyone who went out into our neighborhoods to count birds February 13-16. You did a great job!

We found 61 species and submitted over 74 checklists! Of the 61 species counted the Barred owl and King Eider really stood out for me. I’m still looking for them and also any shorebirds. There were black turnstones on our Juneau data so they are out there. If you want to explore our local reports or check out any other location, just go to

on the Great Backyard Bird Count "Explore Data" page. Remember, you can be a citizen scientist year round by entering your bird information on ebird:

Have fun and enjoy the birds


Juneau’s 2014 Christmas Bird Count

by Mark Schwan   2014 CBC Results


The Juneau Christmas Bird Count for 2014 was held on December 14. We had mild weather with virtually no snow cover but standing fresh waters were mostly frozen. Thirty field observers and several feeder watchers found 71 species and 7,199 individual birds on count day, plus an additional eight species were located during the other days of our count week (see attached table).  Our total count of individual birds was the lowest in nearly 30 years, which included an all-time low count for Surf Scoter.  Other water species were in low numbers and the Glaucous-winged Gull count was likely affected by the fact that the count was held on a Sunday, and the landfill was not operating. Gull, eagle and raven numbers in the immediate Lemon Creek area were lower than usual.

The biggest highlight of the count day was the Long-eared Owl found by Deanna and Brian MacPhail on the west side of the Mendenhall River near the end of Industrial Blvd.  This species had never been seen on a Christmas Bird Count anywhere in Alaska.  Other highlights included a Harlan’s Red-tailed Hawk and American Kestrel, both birds that have continued to linger in our area.  Several Anna’s Hummingbirds have been frequenting local feeders this fall but only one was seen on count day.  A very late Orange-crowned Warbler seen several times along the airport dike trail prior to the count day, ended up being a count week species.

Again, the bird tally and potluck were held after the count at the home of Debi Ballam and Mark Schwan.  As always, it was a great way to end the day.  Thanks to all who participated

Juneau and Southeast Christmas Counts summarized by the Capital City Weekly.  Click here.


2014 CBC Results

Christmas Bird Counts Planned for Southeast Alaska

* Website for more information:

** The pre-count organizational meeting is January 1, 6 p.m., at the Raptor Center.


Join a popular citizen science by watching the birds at your feeders. Data collection begins on November 8.

 Check out the web page for more information and how to start . Data is especially scarce for Southeast Alaska, so please consider adding to our knowledge about our winter bird populations.

2014 GBBC Update

   Click here

Participants in 135 countries around the globe submitted more than 144,000 checklists. Canada made a stellar contribution with 13,458 checklists.  The Northern Cardinal appeared on more checklists than any other bird, while the Red-winged Blackbird was the most numerous species, with more than 1.6 million individuals counted.  Visit the GBBC website for more count highlights, including Top 10 Lists ( ).


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The 2013 count was held in February, and birders in Juneau observed 61 species during the count weekend. Mallards, Canada Geese, Greater Scaup, Rock Sandpipers, Mew Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northwest Crow, Common Redpoll, and Pine Siskin were the highest number of individuals counted. We hope more people will get involved in counting and adding their information to the ebird site. 61 species is a great accomplishment for winter, but not a single woodpecker was counted. It’s really fun to add your birding enjoyment to the citizen science data base. It’s fun for us and helpful to the birds we enjoy watching. Thanks to all the local birders who contribute! The top listers in February were Gus van Vliet, Patty Rose, David Schmerge, Art Kolter, Merrill Jensen, Amy Clark Courtney, Jeanne Josephson, Brenda Wright, and Anne Sutton. Check out the web pages and join the crowd!  Click here to explore more of the data just visit the website: or Enjoy!

For 2012 GBBC results for Alaska by city and by year click here.

2013 Juneau Christmas Bird Count

The Juneau Christmas Bird Count for 2013 was held on Saturday, January 4, 2014.  The designated count period runs from December 14th through January 5th.  This marks the 114th year of the CBC, with counts planned across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America.  Here in Juneau, this was our 41th count.  History of the Christmas Bird Count

2013 Juneau Xmas Bird Count Report 












American Tree Sparrow  -- Mark Schwan

2012 Christmas Bird Count --  By Mark Schwan

The Juneau Christmas Bird Count for 2012 was held on December 15. We again lucked out on the weather, as the prior day was absolutely miserable, but then conditions improved markedly for count day. Leading up to the count, we didn’t expect a great diversity of birds, as wintery conditions for some time had pushed many lingering birds to the south.

Twenty eight field observers found 66 species and 12,183 individual birds on count day, plus an additional ten species were located during the other days of our count week (see attached table). Our total count of individual birds was above average but this was the case only because of a record smashing number of mallards; many species were seen in low numbers. All the common species that have been seen on the previous 39 counts were found once again. The biggest highlights of the count day included a Snowy Owl on the wetlands found by Nick Hajdukovich and Amy Clark Courtney, and the Sooty Grouse found by Julie Coghill near the Treadwell Ditch on Douglas Island. Other highlights included the continued presence of the Swamp Sparrow near Temsco Helicopters, and a terrific variety of waterfowl on the wetlands and the lower Mendenhall River.

Again, we had the bird tally and potluck at our house at the end of the day; it was a very nice evening. Thanks to all who participated.

For more information or if you have questions, call Mark Schwan, at 789- 9841.

See the January, 2013 edition of the Raven for the results of the Juneau Christmas Bird count and other communities in southeast Alaska.  Click here.

 2011 Christmas Bird Count results for Juneau 

2010 Christmas Bird Count results for Juneau 

2009 Christmas Bird Count results for Juneau

2007 Christmas Bird Count results for Juneau

1976 - 2002 Christmas Bird Count results for Juneau

21th Thanksgiving Bird Count: November 22th, 2012


All right! Bring out your pencils and your envelope and stamps! Its time to participate in a non-electronic count of birds for JUST ONE HOUR on Thanksgiving Day, 2012. Its the perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonderful odors of your favorite holiday meal, or if later in the day, time to recuperate from the great meal you had.


The official bird count form is available here or you can contact Brenda Wright at  and she will e-mail you a copy.


The instructions are simple and are included on the count form.

Choose a bird feeder or other area you would like to observe, but the count area is just 15 feet in diameter. Count the birds for 1 hour (try not to count birds twice) and that's it. The address to send your count form is on the form. This is the first year you can submit your count on line by emailing:


Any one that sends in a count form will receive a newsletter with the results early next year.  




The mission of Juneau Audubon Society:

"To conserve the natural ecosystems of Southeast Alaska, focusing on birds, other wildlife and their habitats for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future generations"


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