Wrangell is the gateway community for the Stikine River Delta, where the arrival of thousands of bald eagles creates the largest springtime concentration in North America. The festival is the perfect opportunity for adventurous birdwatchers to observe millions of shorebirds, which migrate to the delta each spring. The Stikine River and its tributaries are located within the Stikine-LeConte Wilderness Area of the Tongass National Forest.
Many birds, including Bald Eagles, concentrate along the Stikine River in April to feed on little oily fish known as hooligan. Two thousand or more birds move between the Middle Arm and North Arm of the Stikine River. Hundreds of thousands of gulls also arrive in the spring to take advantage of this valuable food source. Gull species present at this time include: Banapartes, Herring, Glaucous, Glaucous-winged, California, Mew, Ring-billed, Thayers and Black-legged Kittiwake.
Great speakers this year on marine Debris and the impacts to birds, a massive migratory shorebird migration monitoring effort and banding hummingbirds.
Other events include a PHOTO CONTEST, ART CONTEST, SPEAKERS, bird walk, Ducks Unlimited dinner, and the Muskeg Meadows Golf Club Annual Membership meeting and Angerman's Inc. sponsored golf tournament. The 2015 schedule is posted.
Wrangell’s Stikine River Birding Festival provides an ideal opportunity for all ages to celebrate the spring migration. Events are scheduled for all ages and interests. The festival is sponsored by the Tongass National Forest and U.S. Forest Service International Programs in partnership with the City and Borough of Wrangell, the Wrangell Convention and Visitors Bureau, the James and Elsie Nolan Center, and Wrangell Public Schools.