Sunday, 28 November 2010 14:36
White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) are found in coniferous forest and they breed in Alaska, northern Quebec, south to Newfoundland, and British Columbia. The mandibles of the White-winged Crossbill cross at the tips and are an adaptation for feeding. A White-winged Crossbill can consume up to 3000 conifer seeds a day. They also have a specialized "pocket" in the middle throat that allows them to store additional seeds. Breeding can take place in all 12 months and is dependent on the availability of food for producing eggs and rearing young. The nest is found on branches in coniferous trees.
On the Kenai Peninsula White-winged Crossbills can be found on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:00
A birding festival designed for all levels. Come and share your interest in the birds on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula!
The central Kenai Peninsula area offers pristine beaches, beautiful state parks, a fantastic wildlife refuge and, best of all, thousands of birds. This three-day event is designed to showcase and celebrate our area birds. Suitable for the beginner as well as the advanced birder, the event includes a series of discussions and birding field expeditions. Our field excursions offer fantastic birding opportunities without going too far. We have a host of experts ready to help enhance your birding skills. This year we’ve included a children’s component to the program that is sure to excite interest.
Those who would like to volunteer for the festival should contact Benjamin_Schubert@fws.gov
Registration: This is a FREE event and open to all. There are a few programs and field excursions that require pre-registration including the Children’s Program, float trip, and van trip. Please contact Kenai Watershed Forum at 907-260-5449 or email@example.com for more information and to register.
What to bring on the field trips: Binoculars and/or scope, rain gear, a good pair of walking shoes or boots and your field guides.
11471 Kenai Spur Highway • 283-1991
All presentations and the children’s program will be held at the Kenai Visitors & Cultural Center unless otherwise noted in the program.
Kenai Watershed Forum - Josselyn O’Connor
907-260-5449 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge - Todd Eskelin
907-262-7021 or Todd_Eskelin@fws.gov
Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center 907-282-1991
Keen Eye Bird Club - Ken and Connie Tarbox
Following in the tradition of the last five years there will be another celebratory birding float trip in 2013 down the Kenai River from Skilak Lake down to Bing's Landing by drift boat. There will be five boats this year, with a local birding expert on each to help you find and identify all our feathered friends on that stretch of the river. A date to register for this event will take place in early 2013 and will be posted on this site.
The list of bird sightings below is a summary of birds observed from 2008-2012.