Monday, April 12, 2010

Alaska Bird Observatory

Nestled into the side of the Wedgewood Resort is the Alaska Bird Observatory. At this time the building is only open Monday through Friday (although the trails are accessible every day). These pictures are the combined Friday and Saturday trips.

The building houses an information desk, small gift shop, a reference library, and various other things. They have some really good maps of hiking trails throughout the region also.

A nice little exhibit on some of the birds here.

A viewing window with a couple of comfy chairs.

I believe this is a little Chickadee feeding. The Boreal Chickadees are a hearty species able to make their home here year round.

The Alaska Bird Observatory has direct trail access to Creamer's Field (that's another post).

Information available on the trails at this kiosk.

Over the little wooden bridge...

Little Companion and I opted for the Chickadee Loop Trail.

So quiet and so beautiful.

First things first, we learned to read the trail signs. I don't mind being a scapegoat, but I would like my little companion to have some chance at escape, if so be the case!

We didn't see much wildlife. Could have something to do with the enormous amount of noise we made crunch, crunch, crunching on the ice. Luckily we did not disturb others as we were the only two souls on this little patch of earth at the time.

0.25 miles can seem very desolate sometimes.

Little Companion here pointing out that Creamer's Field is only 1 mile away...

We made the turn and went back to the bird observatory.

We found that the Chickadee Loop Trail is a very nice little walk. The trail is even and I believe it is gravel underneath the ice (which is melting). We were not able to capture any of the little birds "on film" but we did get a picture of this little squirrel.

Most importantly...



Vicki said...

Hi, Valerie,
What fun you two must have had as you explored Alaska!! You are making memories for you and little companion that will last a life time. She is learning more through these "field trips" that you all have been taking than she would in a classroom. I love bird watching and enjoyed seeing the chickadee and Mr. Squirrel. Have you seen any eagles yet? Have a terrific week, my friend! Vicki

Shelia said...

Hi Valerie! Oh, what a trip you've had! I have to admit though, your photos make me feel cold! :)
Thanks for popping in to see me.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)