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404 1st St
Cordova, AK, 99574
United States


We invite you to join the mass migration of Pacific shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl and songbirds.  Their shoreside respite is framed against the pristine backdrop of coastal glaciers and mountains, the breathtaking vista that we call home.  Come armed with your binoculars, spotting scopes, cameras, sketch books and pencils and leave with a heart full of memories.


Boat Outings

Enjoy a different perspective during the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival by getting out to see bird by boat! Contact these vendors individually to schedule your trip. This is a third party activity and is not included in your registration. Ask for the Shorebird Fest discount!

Birding from the deck of the Auklet

Birding from the deck of the Auklet

Set sail on the auklet: intro to prince william sound

Join us for a 4 hour trip into Prince William Sound aboard the 58-foot Auklet with local guide and naturalist Captain David Janka.
The sailing features birds, marine mammals, and human and natural history.
Trips run Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning, two trips per day, 8am to ≈12 noon and 1pm to ≈5pm.
$25/person for registered Shorebird Festival attendees.
Otherwise $100 per person.   
Weather permitting, Six person max per trip.
To sign up and for more information contact Dave: 907-253-3428 or


birds of the copper river flats

Join Captain Thea Thomas for a 4 hour trip on her bowpicker FV Myrmidon, on the incoming tide. You’ll cruise along the shoreline from Odiak Slough to Hartney Bay where you might observe Western and Least Sandpipers, Dunlins, Semi-palmated Plovers, Caspian Terns, and a variety of gulls. From there, head towards Big Point which often has Whimbrels, White-fronted Geese, and Marbled Godwits. Weather depending, check out Shag Rock for potential Black Oystercatchers, then head towards Little Egg Island for potential Red Knots.

$125 per person, maximum of 4 people per trip. Call 907-253-5266 or 907-424-5266, or email

Shorebirds photo by Milo Burcham

Shorebirds photo by Milo Burcham

Little egg island exploration

Go out on the sound with Fishstix Charters!  Join us on this unique opportunity to cruise around the barrier islands and check out shorebirds with birding expert, Aaron Bowman. Weather permitting we’ll land on the shores of Little Egg island, one of the few places that red knots can be seen.

One-of-a-kind birding adventures offered daily during shorebird festival.

$175 per person festival registrant discount. Otherwise $190 per person. 5 seats available on a 26 ft enclosed cabin sport fishing boat. 4-5 hour excursion, lunch and snacks included. Call 1-907-429-7798 or email for more details and booking.


Birders enjoy an airboat trip up the Copper River Delta.

Birders enjoy an airboat trip up the Copper River Delta.

airboat tour with riverside inn

Enjoy a scenic airboat trip down the Eyak River on your way to a birder’s paradise! 2-3 hour trip.  Advanced sign up required, call 907-491-1424 or email for reservations.  

$100 per person festival registrant discount. Otherwise $110 per person. Minimum of 4 people, maximum of 6 people per trip. Open air boat; all riders will be provided with life jackets and ear protection for the trip. Covered storage for cameras, etc.

Tentative trip schedule: May 1st 10:30 am, May 2nd 11:00 am, May 3rd 11:30 am, May 4th 12:30 pm, May 5th 1:00 pm, May 6th 1:30pm, May 7th 2:00 pm. Weather dependent. These are departure times so guests should arrive 15 minutes early at the 6 mile USFS boat launch. Dress warmly (raingear, gloves, etc.) Even on a nice day the ride can be chilly.