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! Dont 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 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).
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