Waders, waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, alcids, etc.

This section is for notes on the diverse group of resident and migrant species we call “waterbirds.” Generally long-lived species, typically portrayed as branches off the lower half of the order Aves. From the perspective of a pilot, these are the families you really don’t want to see up-close on approach to the runway. Here’s some thoughts on the reaction of gulls to smaller, unpeopled aircraft.

Coming home from Hoonah in late April, 2015, Cathy and I (RC) swung out to the Industrial Boulevard wetland access to see how migration was progressing. She brought along her new Kowa 88mm spotscope, and although I was traveling with only the little fixed-28mm Ricoh GR that I bought for drone photography, that turned out to be the perfect combination for “digiscoping.” Although we haven’t purchased an eyepiece attachment, I was able to hold the camera against the lens frame with a rubber band, taking my hands away long enough for some steady stills and video. Very cooperative migrants (straight up from a National Wildlife Refuge?) also helped.

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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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