June 1st - 4th, 2017 --Yakutat Tern Festival
The Yakutat Tern Festival is being planned for June 1-4, 2017. The Yakutat Chamber of Commerce, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, the Yakutat City and Borough, Yakutat Tlingit Tribe, and local community members and businesses are collaborating on planning for the festival. The mission of the festival is to highlight the extraordinary natural and cultural resources of Yakutat by hosting a festival celebrating Aleutian and Arctic Terns. One of the largest and southernmost known breeding colonies of Aleutian Terns exists here. 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. Participants of the festival will enjoy birding activities, natural history field trips, art exhibits, educational events for kids and adults, Native cultural presentations and speakers with professional stature representing a wealth of information about the Yakutat area and its natural resources.

Why Attend The Yakutat Tern Festival?
What distinguishes Yakutat as a world-class birding destination is its incredible habitat diversity which translates into opportunities for birders to view over 200 species of birds, over 100 nesting varieties and many rarities, including of course Aleutian Terns. Spectacular mountain ranges and the Gulf of Alaska squeeze the Yakutat forelands into a narrow corridor for hundreds of thousands of resident and migratory birds. Early June is prime time to see terns up close and personal.

Take advantage of an in-depth view of the greater Yakutat area by attending this festival with all of its organized events such as natural history field trips, art exhibits, educational events for kids and adults, and native cultural presentations. Arrive early or stay late to take in additional activities such as surfing (the "far north shore"), fishing (June is peak for halibut), hiking, beachcombing, and sight-seeing that the area has to offer.

For information regarding the festival, please contact Susan Oehlers or Teresa Hunt at 907-784-3359.

Alaska Airlines serves Yakutat with a morning flight from Seattle (#61) or afternoon flight from Anchorage (#66) daily--Check back closer to the event to learn about possible discounts on airfare for registered festival attendees. Or travel to Yakutat by the Alaska Marine Highway ferry for a premiere experience. Ferry schedule information available on the ferry website at www.dot.state.ak.us/amhs and will be posted here closer to the event.

Yakutat Independence Day Celebration (was July 4th in 2014)
Community Parade, concession and craft booths, canoe races, family games, and fireworks display.

Annual Fairweather Day (was August 2nd in 2014)
Music concerts at local establishments and Canon Beach, food booths, fresh oysters, games, tug-of war, beach golf, raffles for prizes donated by local establishments, community dinner, fireworks display, and more! For more information contact the Yakutat Chamber of Commerce by email, see link below.

Yakutat Chamber Of Commerce
PO Box 510
Yakutat, AK 99689



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