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Nome Birdwatching Takes Flight

There is no doubt that with Alaska’s beautiful scenery and diverse habitats, Nome is high on a birdwatcher’s wishlist. As the temperature rises and ice breaks up, migratory birds will flock to Nome. Many of Nome’s best birdwatching locations are accessible by the three main road systems: Safety Sound Lagoon, Kougarok Road, and Wooley Lagoon. At these locations, you can find a variety of waterfowl, falcons, eagles, and shorebirds. Since Alaska is close to Siberia, there is even a chance to see rare and hard-to-find species.

In addition to Nome, St. Lawrence Island is also a great location to see birds. On a clear day, you can see the mountains of the Russian Far East from the island’s gravelly shores.

If you are new to birdwatching and would like to go on a budget, there are options other than a guided tour with a major birding organization. As large birding groups will book months ahead of time, be sure to reserve lodging well in advance. Also, consider finding a local tour guide. They may be able to locate the best sightseeing places and introduce you to other experienced birdwatchers. Another option is signing up for a birding field trip with the Northwest Campus of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The Nome Visitors Center will have some birding information and a “birding board” of what species have been recently seen.

In summary, Nome offers a birdwatching experience like no other, thanks to its stunning landscapes and rich array of habitats. Whether you’re a seasoned birdwatcher or a novice looking to explore on a budget, Nome provides options for everyone, from guided tours to local field trips. So pack your binoculars and embark on an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Alaska’s wilderness. Happy birding!

Image at top: Photo of a bluethroat. Photo courtesy of Brian Zwiebel and Sabrewing Nature Tours, used with permission.

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