Bird-watching in the Copper River Valley


Bird-watching in the glorious expanse of Alaska’s Copper River Valley offers challenges, rewards, and pleasant surprises to everyone from the casual observer to the more serious birder trying to expand a life list. The broad variety of ecosystems lures slightly over 200 species of birds ranging from the dainty Rufous Hummingbird to the majestic Trumpeter Swan, from the approximately three dozen hardy year-rounders to the more touristy types which come for the summer nesting season—or just to stop by to wing a greeting on their way north.

Hemmed in by mountains on all sides and with an ample supply of rivers, lakes, small ponds, and streams, Copper River Country provides the roadside bird-watcher exciting opportunities for experiencing Alaska’s summer pageantry in a spectacular setting. Bird-watching along the scenic Denali Highway is always a rewarding adventure with its abundant waterfowl and tundra nesters, again enjoyed midst a backdrop of glaciers pinning down the magnificent peaks in the distance.

Personnel at Copper River Country B and B are ready, willing, and able to give information about bird-watching in the area.

Author ~ Althea Hughes