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Yakutat Tern Festival

The 2016 festival will be June 2-5

Days until our next festival starts

Click HERE to download the 2014 Yakutat Tern Festival Program in PDF format.

We are excited to offer an optional Yakutat Bay charter boat field trip again this year! Don’t miss out on this opportunity! Please sign-up by May 1st; this field trip is pending a minimum participation of 4 people. Please see field trip and registration forms pages for more information.

rotating imageEvery Alaska community has a claim to fame regarding its natural resources. Yakutat is no exception. One of the largest and southernmost known breeding colonies of Aleutian Terns exists here. The earliest record of breeding Aleutian Terns in Yakutat – on the Situk River Flats – is 1922; the colonies in the Yakutat area appear to be a stronghold for a suspected declining worldwide population. The Aleutian Tern has a limited range throughout Alaska and eastern Siberia and Russia, and very little is known about this species, including its migration patterns. The Yakutat area is currently at the forefront of Aleutian Tern research, including studies on population trends, nesting ecology, and migration patterns.

The mission of the festival is to highlight the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of Yakutat and to stimulate the local economy by hosting a festival celebrating Aleutian Terns. Participants of the festival will enjoy birding activities, natural history field trips, art exhibits, educational events for kids and adults, Native cultural presentations and more.



Our keynote speaker for 2015

In the Company of Crows and Ravens

John M. Marzluff

University of Washington

What do Van Gogh, Shakespeare, the Hopi and Koyukon People, Mark Twain, and the rock band The Counting Crows have in common? They all draw inspiration from some of our most common, but least understood birds: the crow and the raven.  In my lecture I investigate fully the inspiration of crows and ravens on people and our affects on these adaptable birds.  I start the discussion widely with reference to the variety of weird things crows do: surf, play, take risks, adopt bad habits.  I consider these actions from a biological and especially neurobiological perspective that includes discussion of new research on the brain of a crow.  Crows do well in our urbanizing world, and therefore I develop the idea of cultural coevolution, as a way to understand how social species like crows and humans may come to share a mutual destiny.  I investigate the taxonomy, morphology, natural history, population ecology, and behavioral ecology of crows and ravens; human interactions with these birds as irritating and competitive pests, targets, creators, symbols, diviners, and inspirations. Big, bold, and boisterous, crows and ravens are hard to miss and my talk is intended to answer the many questions they conjure up in all who have watched them (and that is almost everyone).

The Yakutat Tern Festival has a Discount Code on Alaska Airlines for airfare to the festival.


To use your Discount Code go online to http://www.alaskaair.com and input the Discount Code when searching for flights.  The discount will be applied to any flights on Alaska Airlines/Horizon from anywhere Alaska Airlines flies (Not Included:  Prudhoe Bay, Alaska; Hawaii & Mexico). Travel valid May 21 through June 4.

By clicking the “?” next to the discount code box after entering the code you may view a detailed description of the rules.

   Click here for contest details.
    Click here for entry form.


Please contact Teresa Swanson or Susan Oehlers at (907)784-3359 for more information.



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