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True birders can see millions on Alaska route

Posted by Kari Bodnarchuk  March 30, 2011 07:00 AM

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The city of Wrangell in Alaska’s Inside Passage holds the Stikine River Birding Festival April 28-May 1 to welcome the millions of birds that stop here during their annual journey north along the Pacific Flyway, an aerial migration route that links South America and Alaska. Each spring, millions of sandhill cranes, snow geese, and Western sandpipers, and more than 2,000 eagles cruise through this region. The four-day event includes early morning bird walks, wildlife and birding expeditions on the Stikine River, a chance to meet nature and wildlife artist Linda Infante Lyons of Anchorage, and family activities such as building birdhouses and creating paintings using natural dyes made from salmon eggs.

907-874-7563, www.stikinebirding.org

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