Yakutat Tern Festival
Stay tuned for 2015 festival dates
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.
Every 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
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.
speaker for 2014
Renner is the supervisory biologist at the Alaska Maritime National
Wildlife Refuge, and leads a large and far-flung seabird monitoring
program, ranging across much of Alaska's coastline. Heather is a
life-long Alaskan and has worked at many National Wildlife Refuges
in Alaska since high school. She has worked at AMNWR since 2000,
where she moved after finishing graduate school at Cornell
University. The Refuge began a special focus on evaluating Aleutian
tern population trends statewide in 2012, after more than a decade
of anecdotal suggestions of declines.