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Yakutat Tern Festival

May 27 - May 30


The Yakutat Tern Festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, Alaska. Yakutat hosts one of the largest and southernmost known nesting colonies of Aleutian Terns, as well as Arctic Terns and up to 200 other bird species that nest in, or migrate through the area. The festival is family friendly and offers activities for birders as well as non-birders, including field trips, seminars, kid’s activities, evening banquets, bird-banding demonstration, and other programs.

Hob Osterlund, an award-winning writer, photographer and conservationist living on the island of Kaua’i, Hawaii, will give a keynote about the Laysan Albatross. She is working on a new documentary, Kalama’s Journey. The film is about an albatross chick adopted by a female pair of birds on Kaua’i and about the chick’s role in facing her species’ biggest threat. It also describes how the Laysan albatross species is seen through the eyes of Hawaiian culture.

The featured artist is Ray Troll, who lives in Ketchikan, Alaska. He has received numerous awards and is co-author of Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline: The Travels of an Artist and Scientist along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific. Ray has appeared on the Discovery Channel, lectured at Cornell, Harvard, and Yale, and shown work at the Smithsonian.

Registration in advance is $40. Registration during the festival is $50.

Alaska Airlines offers a 5 percent discount to festival events. Visit our website for more information.

Contact: 907-784-3359; Susan Oehlers, susan.oehlers@usda.gov; Teresa Swanson, taswanson@usda.gov; or Mary Glaves, mare_e86@hotmail.com, 607-349-1831.


Yakutat High School
429 Forest Hwy
Yakutat, AK United States
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Yakutat Tern Festival
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