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Birds of Anaktuvuk Pass

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Anaktuvuk Pass, Alaska


Anaktuvuk Pass is a Nunamiut Eskimo Village of about 300 residents. They are descendants of nomadic hunters who have inhabited these lands for thousands of years. The Nunamiut continue to use this land to support their subsistence way of life. Please be respectful. You are a guest in the village of Anaktuvuk Pass. Funded as a project of Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.

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Habitat is the key to wildlife

Some of the specific habitats types where birds of Anaktuvuk Pass can be found are:

Wet tundra areas surrounding ponds southwest of airstrip: Shorebirds such as the ground nesting phalaropes and snipes.

Dry Tundra areas on "Blueberry Hill" west of village: Birds such as the ground nesting plovers, gulls, ravens and longspurs.

Riparian willow thickets east of airstrip: Songbirds such as the shrub nesting sparrows, warblers, thrushes and redpolls.

River gravel bars on John River south of airstrip: Birds such as the ground nesting semipalmated plovers, sandpipers and mergansers.

High cliffs on nearby mountains: Raptors such as eagles, falcons, hawks and owls.

Boulder fields south of village: Rock nesting songbirds such as the northern wheatears, pipits and horned larks.

River banks north of village: Swallows.

Lakes and ponds: Loons and ducks.


Order Family Aquatic fish eaters LOONS Gaviiformes Gaviidae ___ Red-throated Loon Gavia stelleta ___ Pacific Loon Gavia pacifica
Order Family Aquatic web footed, DUCKS AND GEESE Anseriformes Anatidae gregarious birds ___ White-footed Goose Anser albifrons ___ Canada Goose Branta canadensis ___ Green-winged Teal Anas crecca ___ Northern Pintail Anas acuta ___ American Wigeon Anas americana ___ Greater Scaup Aythya marila ___ Harlequin Duck Histrionicus histrionicus ___ Oldsquaw Clangula hyemalis ___ White-winged Scoter Melanitta fusca ___ Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator
Order Family Diurnal birds RAPTORS Falconiformes Accipitridae of prey ___ Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis ___ Rough-legged Hawk Buteo lagopus ___ Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus ___ Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos
Family Powerful, swift Falconidae hunters ___ American Kestrel Falco sparverius ___ Merlin Falco columbarius ___ Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus ___ Gryfalcon Falco rusticolus
Order Family Hardy residents GAME BIRDS Galliformes Phasianidae with feathered feet ___ Willow Ptarmigan Lagopus lagopus ___ Rock Ptarmigan Lagopus mutus
Order Family Long distance SHOREBIRDS Charadriiformes Charadriidae migrants ___ Lesser Golden-Plover Pluvialis dominica ___ Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus
Family Loud shorebirds that Scolopacidae fly in unison ___ Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus ___ Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes ___ Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria ___ Wandering Tattler Heteroscelus incanus ___ Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla ___ Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia ___ Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago ___ Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus
Family Predatory seabirds Laridae with pointed wings ___ Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus ___ Long-tailed Jaeger Stercorarius longicaudus ___ Mew Gull Larus canus ___ Glaucous Gull Larus hyperboreus ___ Glaucous-winged Gull Larus glaucescens ___ Herring Gull Larus argentatus ___ Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea
Order Family OWLS Strigiformes Strigidae ___ Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus
Order Family Ground dwellers of SONGBIRDS Passeriformes Alaudidae open tundra ___ Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris
Family Adept insect eating Hirundinidae aerialists ___ Bank Swallow Riparia riparia ___ Cliff Swallow Hirundo pyrrhonota
Family Largest songbirds Corvidae ___ Gray Jay Perisoreus canadensis ___ Common Raven Corvus corax
Family Eloquent songsters Muscicapidae of the north (Subfamily Sylviinae) ___ Arctic Warbler Phylloscopus borealis
(Subfamily Turdinae) ___ Northern Wheatear Oenanthe oenanthe ___ Bluethroat Luscinia svecica ___ Gray-cheeked Thrush Catharus minimus ___ Swainson's Thrush Catharus ustulatus ___ American Robin Turdus migratorius
Family Ground dwellers that Motacillidae pump their tails ___ American Pipit Anthus rubescens ___ Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava
Family Birds that impale Laniidae their prey ___ Northern Shrike Lanius excubitor
Family Diverse family of Emberizidae sparrows and warblers (Subfamily Parulinae) ___ Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata ___ Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia ___ Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata ___ Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla
(Subfamily Emberizinae) ___ American Tree Sparrow Spizella arborea ___ Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis ___ Fox Sparrow Passerella iliaca ___ Golden-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia atricapilla ___ White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys ___ Lapland Longspur Calcarius lapponicus ___ Smith's Longspur Calcarius pietus ___ Snow Bunting Plectrophenax nivalis ___ Rusty Blackbird Euphagus carolinus
Family Seedeaters with Fringillidae undulating flight ___ Rosy Finch Leucosticte arctoa ___ Common Redpoll Carduelis flammea

This resource is based on the following source:
Hall, S.  07/95.  Birds of Anaktuvuk Pass Alaska.  Gates of the Arctic 
     National Park and Preserve.  Unpaginated.
This resource should be cited as follows:
Hall, S.  07/95.  Birds of Anaktuvuk Pass Alaska.  Gates of the Arctic 
     National Park and Preserve.  Unpaginated.  Jamestown, ND: 
     Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Online. 
     http://www.npwrc.usgs.govanapass.htm 
     (Version 22MAY98).

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