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404 1st St
Cordova, AK, 99574
United States

907-424-7260

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.

Schedule

Welcome to the 2019 Copper River Shorebird Festival schedule. This schedule is subject to change. Events and workshops that are not included in your registration fee are noted below.

See the full 2019 Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival Program here.


May
6
9:30 AM09:30

The Net Loft Western Sandpiper Sculpture with Zack McLaughlin

This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. More information and registration here: https://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?538878

Visiting artist Zack Mclaughlin of Paper & Wood will teach many techniques in working with paper to create lifelike feathers and ultimately a paper bird of your own.  Enjoy a full day in the fine company of this wonderful bird artist. Five and a half hours won't be long enough to complete your paper bird, but you will learn all you need to be able to finish off the last bits on your own and then go on to make many more.  Snacks, refreshments, and a light lunch will be provided.


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May
5
2:30 PM14:30

Boreal Birding & More Group Hike

Join the Forest Service for a group hike on the Heney Ridge Trail. Take the 2pm Hartney Bay Shuttle, hike for 3 miles or 2 hours, and take the 4pm shuttle back to the Cordova Center. Be prepared for a moderate to difficult hike, up hills, and on sometimes slippery surfaces. Dress for weather and bring water and snacks for yourself.

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May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Hartney Bay Shuttle - Sunday

Included in Festival Registration

The Shorebird Shuttle departs every thirty minutes from in front of the Cordova Center to the Hartney Bay Mudflats during the incoming high tide.  Meet local shorebird guides in brightly colored vests on the mudflats or explore on your own.

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May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Great Cordova Birding Challenge

Compete on teams of 2-4 to see how many birds you can spot and identify in an eight hour period.  Join back up with the teams at the end for tallies, tall tales, and fun prizes at the Alaskan Bar.  Free with registration, sign up your team at the table in the Cordova Center. Not birding but want to hear the tall tales?  Come to the Alaskan Bar at 8:30pm.

 Included in Festival Registration, sign up required. For more information, contact Caitlin: info@cordovachamber.com or call 907-424-7260.

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May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Tour de Peeps - Family Birding Adventure

Included in Festival Registration

Want to learn about shorebirds, bird banding, and feeding strategies? Bring the family out for this human-powered, interactive birding activity! Use spotting scopes, play migration games, collect prizes, and more! Walk, bike, run, or stroller to birding checkpoints at your own pace.

 


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May
5
9:30 AM09:30

The Net Loft Short Eared Owl Paper Sculpture with Zack McLaughlin

This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. More information and registration here: https://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?538878

Visiting artist Zack Mclaughlin of Paper & Wood will teach many techniques in working with paper to create lifelike feathers and ultimately a paper bird of your own. Enjoy a full day in the fine company of this wonderful bird artist.  Five and a half hours won't be long enough to complete your paper bird, but you will learn all you need to be able to finish off the last bits on your own and then go on to make many more. Snacks, refreshments, and a light lunch will be provided.  Pre-registration is required with additional fee.  Call 907-424-7337 for space.


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May
5
8:30 AM08:30

Photographing Bird Life Workshop with Milo Burcham - Part 2

Return from a day in the field to show off your best shots, receive feedback, and share some of your bird photography challenges.   This session will offer a chance to review and critique images taken by participants, and discuss one of the most important aspects of photography: editing your work.

Included in Festival Registration, sign up required. For more information, contact Caitlin: info@cordovachamber.com or call 907-424-7260.

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May
5
8:00 AM08:00

Intro to Prince William Sound Aboard the Auklet

Join local guide and naturalist Captain David Janka for a 4 hour trip into Prince William Sound aboard the 58’Auklet. Birds, marine mammals, human and natural history.
$25/person for registered Shorebird Festival attendees.
Otherwise $100 per person.   
Weather permitting. Six person max.
To sign up and for more information contact Dave at
907-253-3428     email: info@auklet.com    www.auklet.com

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May
4
6:30 PM18:30

Bird Trivia & Social Night

Included in Festival Registration.

Hosted by AUDUBON ALASKA

The big Birding Challenge is on Sunday, so Saturday night is the perfect time to brush up on your birding skills with bird trivia!  Join us for a birders’ social where you can put your skills to the test with this fun and challenging quiz. The focus will be on visual IDs and calls for Cordova birds.  The quiz will start at 6:45pm. Free event, food and drinks available for purchase.

 


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May
4
4:00 PM16:00

Featured Presenter: Emily Williams

Included in Festival Registration.

Saturday May 4th, 4pm, North Star Theater

Many Alaskans are familiar with the Canada Jay (formerly Gray Jay), a denizen of the boreal forest of northern latitudes. Unlike their migratory counterparts, they are residents year-round, enduring the harsh winters. To survive in such a challenging environment, Canada Jays have adapted a unique lifestyle: they store (or cache) food throughout late summer and fall, collecting food items such as berries, fungi, insects, carrion, and animal flesh and storing them in trees. However, all these food items are perishable, or at risk of spoilage. This usually isn't a problem in a landscape characterized by long periods of deep freeze. However, with increasing temperatures, this may all be changing. While Canada Jays are a common backyard bird for many Alaskans, other jay populations in other parts of their range have been on a rapid decline.  To understand the effects of a changing climate on Canada Jays, Denali initiated a study to learn more about the year-round requirements of this unique species. Understanding the interplay of jays' diet, their unusual caching strategy, jay foraging behavior as it relates to condition, female incubation behavior, and reproductive investment will all shed light on how this iconic resident species may be faring in a warming world.


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May
4
1:15 PM13:15

The Net Loft 3 Mile Bay Wool Painting

This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. More information and registration here: https://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?538878

Three Mile Bay is a spot on Whiteshed Road known for birdwatching during the migration season. Learn the fundamentals of needle felt wool painting as you create a keepsake framable needlefelt portrait of this panoramic spot. Pre-registration is required with additional fee.  Call 907-424-7337 for space.

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May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Prince William Sound Aboard the Auklet

Join local guide and naturalist Captain David Janka for a 4 hour trip into Prince William Sound aboard the 58’Auklet. Birds, marine mammals, human and natural history.
$25/person for registered Shorebird Festival attendees.
Otherwise $100 per person.   
Weather permitting. Six person max.
To sign up and for more information contact Dave at
907-253-3428     email: info@auklet.com    www.auklet.com

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May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Hartney Bay Shuttle - Saturday

Included in Festival Registration

The Shorebird Shuttle departs every thirty minutes from in front of the Cordova Center to the Hartney Bay Mudflats during the incoming high tide.  Meet local shorebird guides in brightly colored vests on the mudflats or explore on your own.


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May
4
8:30 AM08:30

The Net Loft Hudsonian Godwit Wool Painting

This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. More information and registration here: https://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?538878

Learn the basics of needle felt wool painting as you create a keepsake framable needlefelt portrait of this migrating species.  Pre-registration is required with additional fee. Call 907-424-7337 for space.

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May
4
8:30 AM08:30

Alaganik Field Trip - Saturday

Included in Festival Registration, sign up required. For more information, contact Caitlin: info@cordovachamber.com or call 907-424-7260.

Hop on the bus to Alaganik Slough with local guides to see shorebirds and waterfowl out on the Copper River Delta.  The Slough is accessible with boardwalks and viewing platforms. Dress for weather.

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May
4
8:30 AM08:30

Photographing Bird Life Workshop with Milo Burcham- Part 1

Join local wildlife biologist and photographer Milo Burcham in the classroom for a discussion of how to make good shorebird images ranging from tight portraits to landscape views.  Milo will review equipment, techniques and ethical issues of photographing wildlife. Go out on your own to enjoy the birds, and return Sunday morning for part 2.   This workshop is included in your registration but advanced sign up is appreciated. call 907-424-7260 to sign up, or email info@cordovachamber.com

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May
4
8:00 AM08:00

Intro to Prince William Sound Aboard the Auklet

Join local guide and naturalist Captain David Janka for a 4 hour trip into Prince William Sound aboard the 58’Auklet. Birds, marine mammals, human and natural history.
$25/person for registered Shorebird Festival attendees.
Otherwise $100 per person.   
Weather permitting. Six person max.
To sign up and for more information contact Dave at
907-253-3428     email: info@auklet.com    www.auklet.com

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May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Keynote Speaker: Pete Dunne

Included in Festival Registration.

On May 29, 1984, thirteen teams of crack field birders set out to make bird watching history: to spot more than 200 species in 24 hours in, of all places, New Jersey.  At the time, this birding milestone was achieved only in the bird-rich states of Texas and California.

Since that eventful first outing, the World Series of Birding has engaged thousands of eager birders and no small number of law officers, curious as to why individuals dressed like Lord of the Rings characters might be prowling around in the Hackensack Meadowlands of New Jersey in the pre-dawn hours.

Over the past thirty-plus years, the World Series of Birding has changed the birding landscape, bringing birding to the attention of the media, and raising close to $9 million for bird conservation.

Thirty-three years, four car manufacturers and hundreds of misadventures later, the hilarious back stories behind the planet’s greatest natural treasure hunt can finally be told.  Come prepared for an evening of entertainment as Pete Dunne, the founder of the now annual event, recounts one incriminating story after another.


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May
3
7:20 PM19:20

Featured Presenter: Cesar Guerrero

Included in Festival Registration.

Empathy is the ability to perceive, share, and understand some other living being's feelings, and caring for others’ experiences, and perhaps empathy is the key to conserving our planet. Having the ability to make others’ life experiences our own is the most effective way to care for them. In this presentation, César discusses his life experiences and how they coincide with the shorebirds, and how, from his perspective, the distance between humans and birds is closer than some amino acids in the DNA strand.


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May
3
3:00 PM15:00

Family Feeding Frenzy!

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Hartney Bay Campsite, 3-5pm

Prince William Sound Science Center will be hosting a family-friendly bonfire. Come join us at Hartney for free hotdogs, hot chocolate, and kid-friendly bird activities!

Free and open to all.

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May
3
3:00 PM15:00

The Net Loft Shorebird Wire Workshop with Zack McLaughlin

Zack Mclaughlin is a fantasy artist and sculptor. Zack will be teaching you how to construct birds out of wire, each one with comes with its own quirks and character, but that is because you will have made it, with a bit of help from Zack. The class will be constructing a wired shorebird.  Pre-registration is required with additional fee. Call 907-424-7337 for space.

This workshop requires pre-registration and an additional fee. More information and registration here: https://www.rsvpbook.com/event.php?538878

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May
3
3:00 PM15:00

Shorebird Identification 101

Want to get to know your shorebirds better?  Come to this workshop lead by Audubon Alaska’s Conservation Biologist Max Goldman and retired UAF ornithologist Pete Mickelson.  Dress for the weather as a portion of this class will go outdoors.

Included in Festival Registration, sign up required. For more information, contact Caitlin: info@cordovachamber.com or call 907-424-7260.

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May
3
1:00 PM13:00

Intro to Prince William Sound Aboard the Auklet

Join local guide and naturalist Captain David Janka for a 4 hour trip into Prince William Sound aboard the 58’Auklet. Birds, marine mammals, human and natural history.
$25/person for registered Shorebird Festival attendees.
Otherwise $100 per person.   
Weather permitting. Six person max.
To sign up and for more information contact Dave at
907-253-3428     email: info@auklet.com    www.auklet.com

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