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Steller's Eiders. Photo by Milo Burcham
Tomorrow is Valentine's Day, or as we like to call it, Owlentine's Day! If you have bird lovers in your life, send them our bird-themed valentines. You can download all our "punny" messages here.
Photo by Dave Shaw
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Rafting the Marsh Fork and Canning Rivers
June 25 - July 2, 2018

Have you always dreamed of traveling to the Arctic Refuge? Now's your chance! Join Audubon Alaska on an eight-day rafting adventure in this spectacular wilderness. Enjoy excellent hiking, phenomenal birding and wildlife watching against one of the most stunning backdrops on the planet.  Learn more about the trip.  

Register by emailing Michelle at  mlebeau@audubon.org
Space is limited! The last day to register is March 31st.
Western Screech Owl in the Tongass. Don MacDougall / USFS

Audubon Alaska is monitoring the status of legislative riders in Congress that could present real threats to the Tongass National Forest and its big old trees.

Riders are sections of bills that would be difficult to pass on their own merits and therefore get attached to must-pass legislation.

There are three Tongass-related riders to watch for that could get attached to the omnibus spending bill in late March: a bill undoing the Tongass Land Management Plan, a bill exempting the Tongass from the Roadless Rule, and a suite of corporate land transfer bills.

Brant. Photo by Enrique Patino / NOAA
National Audubon Society is one of nine conservation groups suing the Department of the Interior (DOI) over its actions in the Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. The lawsuit, filed by Trustees for Alaska, challenges the legality of a land transfer agreement signed by DOI and King Cove Corporation. The land transfer is being used to facilitate the building of a road through vital bird habitat and federally designated wilderness in Izembek. The lawsuit argues that the land transfer violates sections of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. Learn more.
Photo by Dave Shaw
In the spring, birds migrate from all over the United States to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other ecologically rich areas of Alaska's Arctic. Birds rely on the Arctic for nesting, breeding, staging, and molting. Compete in the Great American Arctic Birding Challenge to find as many of these spring migrants as you can as they pass through your state.  View the contest rules, and   download the Arctic bird checklist here.
Photo by Milo Burcham
Support our efforts to protect the wild places that Alaska's birds and other wildlife rely on. Pick.Click.Give. to Audubon Alaska when you file for your PFD online (deadline is March 31st). Changes or additions to your Pick.Click.Give donations can be made after the March deadline (up until August 31st).  Donate through Pick.Click.Give!
Marbled Godwit. Photo by Joanne Bartkus
A Lasting Gift For Your Favorite Audubon Programlegacy

Many people ask if they can leave a gift to Audubon in their Will or Living Trust, and designate it to a specific state program. 

The answer is: Absolutely YES! Get our suggested language on how to make sure that your bequest is applied to our work in Alaska , or email Michelle at mlebeau@audubon.org for more information.
We know you love Audubon Alaska's monthly e-newsletters, but are you are you signed up to receive our biannual print newsletters? newsletterz

We send these newsletters out every spring and fall. Our next edition will come out in March, featuring stories on the Southeast Alaska Birding Trail and more.

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Photo by John Schoen


Photo by John Schoen
Last Month's  Quiz Bird

This Month's Quiz Bird
Last month's quiz bird was a Horned Grebe.These birds are small divers found on northern marshes in summer and coastal bays in winter. They patter across the surface of the water to become airborne, so they sometimes get trapped when waters freeze overnight.

This month's quiz bird is often hard to see in summer, when it lives high in tall conifers. In migration and winter, however, it often flits about low in woods and thickets, flicking its wings nervously as it approaches the observer.
Spectacled Eider. Photo by Milo Burcham
Wednesday, February 21stboem
6:00-10:00 PM
Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center
600 W 7th Ave., Downtown Anchorage

The  Bureau of Ocean Energy Management  has rescheduled its public meeting about the Trump administration's draft offshore drilling plan, which proposes opening almost all of Alaska's waters to drilling. Join us at the meeting to ask questions, submit comments, and learn more about the proposed plan.