Conserving Alaska’s boreal songbirds through ecological education and research
This long-term songbird migration project began on Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in the fall of 1991. It is the longest running passerine research project in the state of Alaska. When fully operational, up to 3,500 people visit CFMS each year including about 80 school groups. The dedication of approximately 60-75 community volunteers (including youth) is essential to the project.
This long-term study of the phenology and ecology of nesting Tree Swallows began on Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge in 1999. Fairbanks is very close to the northern extent of the breeding range of this small neotropical migrant, making it an ideal location to look at its response to changing environmental conditions. Fieldwork is completed by youth in the mentoring and high school internship programs.
There is tremendous conservation value in conducting research on wild birds in such close proximity to Alaska's second largest community. Up to 3,500 people will interact with wild birds and Alaska Songbird Institute scientists on our projects each year. The projects engage volunteers, students, teachers, interns, and visitors of all ages with the scientific process while they learn more about science, Alaska's birds, and the ecosystems we share.