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RBA Fairbanks Alaska March 17 2008

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  • Ken_Russell@fws.gov
    - RBA * Alaska * Fairbanks and Interior * March 17, 2008 Birds Mentioned Snowy owl Great Gray Owl Snow Bunting Northern Goshawk Sharp-tailed Grouse Boreal Owl
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      - RBA
      * Alaska
      * Fairbanks and Interior
      * March 17, 2008

      Birds Mentioned
      Snowy owl
      Great Gray Owl
      Snow Bunting
      Northern Goshawk
      Sharp-tailed Grouse
      Boreal Owl

      date: March 17, 2008
      number: (907) 451-9213
      to report: (907) 451-9213
      coverage: Fairbanks and vicinity

      Welcome to the Birding Hotline for interior Alaska as of March 17.
      This update is dominated by a variety of owl species.

      A SNOWY OWL was seen at Cleary Summit on March 12.

      A GREAT GRAY OWL is being seen on Red Fox Lane off of
      Ballaine Road.

      Calling GREAT HORNED and BOREAL OWLS continue to be reported
      in a number of locations.

      A white RAVEN is being seen on the western end of Bradway Road.

      A harbinger of spring, a SNOW BUNTING was seen on Cripple Creek
      Road on February 28.

      An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen chasing a pigeon
      near Denali School on February 26.

      Two SHARP-TAILED GROUSE were flushed along the pipeline corridor
      near Love Road on February 16.

      BOREAL OWLS have started calling throughout the area. One was heard
      at the North Pole Flood Control Project on February 13, and another was
      being mobbed by Gray Jays in the Lincoln Creek subdivision on February 14.

      Upcoming events include:
      Birds of Bolivia- A free public seminar with ABO research biologist, David

      Shaw will take place on March 19 at 7 PM at the ABO Center for Education
      & Research.

      Owls of Alaska will take place at the Noel Wien Library on March 20 at
      7:00 PM. This will feature a guest speaker and live birds, weather
      permitting.

      The Alaska Bird Observatory annual meeting will take place on March 27
      at 7:00 PM. Join ABO's board and staff for light refreshments, updates on
      our recent education and research, and of course, BIRD JEOPARDY!
      Call 451-7159 for more information.

      Birds of the Boreal I - Identifying Grouse, Woodpeckers, & Owls will
      take place on April 2 from 7-9 PM at the ABO Center for Education &
      Research. The cost is $12/person; $10/ABO members (Or $60/$50 for
      the whole series)

      If you plan to record a bird sighting, please include the date and place
      where the bird was seen along with your name and phone number.

      If you wish to become a member of the Arctic Audubon Society please
      call Mary Zalar at 479-4547.

      Thanks for calling the birding hotline.

      Visit Arctic Audubon Society's website: http://www.arcticaudubon.org/
      Site includes information on birding locations in Interior Alaska as well
      As a calendar of Arctic Audubon programs.

      Also visit Alaska Bird Observatory's website: http://www.alaskabird.org/

      Directions to the sites mentioned in the report can found in 'A Birder's
      Guide to Alaska' by George C. West; American Birding Association;
      2002 ISBN 1-878788-19-1

      Ken Russell and Laurel Devaney
      PO Box 71462
      Fairbanks, Alaska 99707


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