PHOTO BY: Gwen Baluss
6. Mendenhall Wetlands State Recreation Refuge, Juneau, Alaska
“In spring, a whole lot of hundreds of shorebirds cease to feed within the southeast [of Alaska] on their solution to their breeding grounds within the Arctic,” says Gwen Baluss, president of the Juneau Audubon Society.
The realm’s historic forests and wetlands are habitat for greater than 350 chook species, together with the Queen Charlotte goshawk and the Prince of Wales spruce grouse, each of that are endemic subspecies discovered solely right here.
In spring, one in every of many simply accessible birding spots close to Juneau for seeing Arctic terns, which have the longest migration of all birds, is Mendenhall Wetlands State Recreation Refuge, a 4,000-acre wildlife refuge the place rivers gush forth from melting ice. Baluss says the birds — constructed for excessive flight and round-trip annual migrations of greater than 18,000 miles — are notably lovely in flight.
“It is also enjoyable to see them gracefully plunge-diving for fish, courting, even combating,” she says.
In summer season, you may spot songbirds, together with the bright-yellow Wilson’s warbler and the lovable little hermit thrush, which has speckled markings on its chest and throat. Summer time brings a refrain of songbirds to the forested areas, too, together with the Townsend’s warbler and the numerous thrush (each lovely and straightforward to identify).