April 28 – May 1, 2016
The Stikine River Birding Festival will savor the views of the Stikine River tidal flats, a critical stopover on the Pacific Flyway in April when waves of birds feast on the flats’ invertebrates.
Festival participants can take a jet boat ride to enjoy wildlife and bird viewing in the beautiful setting of the Stikine LeConte Wilderness. There will even be hummingbird banding.
Stikine River Birding Festival Partners
The festival is sponsored by the City and Borough of Wrangell, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau, with assistance from the Wrangell Public School District, James and Elsie Nolan Center, KSTK, Wilma Leslie, Muskeg Meadows and Angerman’s Inc. and Outlet.
The Stikine River is a truly wild, fast-flowing river that flows through the pristine mountains of Canada’s British Columbia into the Eastern Passage north of Wrangell. John Muir called the river’s glacier-carved gorge Alaska’s Yosemite.
Natural beauty surrounds Wrangell, Alaska – mountains, islands, and rainforest – and visitors also experience glaciers, wildlife, adventure, outdoor activities and much more.
Wildlife abounds in the area. Eagles, shorebirds, herons and songbirds are found on Mt. Dewey, which overlooks downtown and the Zimovia Highway bikepath. A variety of boat excursions take visitors to scenic areas to view black and brown bears, migratory birds, eagles, sea lions, harbor seals, and whales. You can fish for salmon and halibut.
Wrangle, Alaska salmon
During July and August, Anan Bear and Wildlife Observatory, managed by the U.S. Forest Service, is a favorite spot to view brown and black bears feasting on salmon. The Stikine River, a designated wilderness area is abundant with wildlife that lured the Hudson Bay Company to establish a settlement here.
If history and cultural influences are your pursuit, visit the Tlingit Chief Shakes Island and Tribal House Historic Monument, and Petroglyph Beach State Historic Park. Travel the Stikine River to visit the places where gold miners camped and garnets were mined.