“Songbird” is a widely used but somewhat fuzzy category, corresponding loosely to passerine any species in the order Passeriformes. Perhaps more meaningful is the term “perching bird,” in reference to the arrangement of toes: 3 pointing forward and 1 back, making it easier to hang onto a branch. Largest of the North American Passeriformes (and actually not a bad songster either, once we’ve tuned our ears to the Northwestern symphony) is the creator: salmon-belcher, river-dribbler, cache-robber Raven.

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Common Birds of Southeast Alaska


Grab a pair of binoculars and head outside with this pocket Discovery Guide. With hand drawn illustrations, this guide clearly identifies most of the birds you’re apt to see in Southeast, from the belted kingfisher to the marbled murrelet.  And it’s laminated, in the off chance it rains.

Common Tracks Guide

Tracking has been a core activity in Discovery programs for years.  This pocket guide provides tracking tips for common mammals and birds of Southeast, helping students, teachers, and budding naturalists read the signs of non-human inhabitants in the landscape.


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Wildlife “Out the Road”

This is a report from Richard Carstensen  to the Southeast Alaska Land Trust on habitats and wildlife use of glacially-rebounding valleys from 25 to 28-mile Glacier Highway in Juneau. They call this area “risen valleys,” and in the report you can trace animal use and habitat descriptions for this remarkable portion of Southeast Alaska. This report contains extensive habitat descriptions, photographs, and animal descriptions.

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