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Yakutat Tern Festival

The 2015 festival will be May 28-31

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 2014

Heather Renner

Heather 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.

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Mooring Lodge:

10% discount for early reservations from June 4 to June 5-8. Visitors of the Festival can come a few days early and stay a few more days after.  Please specify the Festival in the reservation request.

Contact and Registration information:
  -  mooringlodge@hughes.net
Phone  -  907-784-3300
Fax - 907-784-3923
Cell - 907-292-0832

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






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