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Denali's avifauna includes migratory birds from all over the globe and a hardy group of residents. The abundance of birds in Denali ebbs and flows across the seasons, increasing significantly as migrants return to Denali in spring and decreasing when they depart on their autumn migration. Summer birding in Denali rewards visitors with opportunities to view these migratory species in this spectacular northern environment. Birding in winter is slim by the numbers, but high in rewards as observations of pine grosbeaks, mixed flocks of ptarmigan, and perhaps a gyrfalcon or northern goshawk awaits the hardy winter birder.

Explore the sections below to learn more about Denali’s birds and current research projects happening in the park.


General Info About Birds

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    Birding in Denali

    Over 160 bird species call Denali home. Discover what birds you may see throughout the year and what habitats they may call home.

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    Bird Checklist

    Explore a checklist of Denali's birds and plan what birds you'll try and spot in the park.


Avian Research

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    Critical Connections

    The Critical Connections Program is an effort to expand our knowledge about the year-round needs of migratory wildlife in National Parks.

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    Canada Jays

    Explore how Canada jays survive year-round in Denali's harsh environment and how they may indicate changes in climate.

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    Golden Eagles

    Find out why golden eagles are monitored across interior Alaska as an important vital sign of ecosystem health.

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    Songbird Monitoring

    Discover why tiny songbirds across interior Alaska have been studied since the early 1990's and the important role they play.

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    Ptarmigan and Hare Cycles

    What do snowshoe hares and ptarmigans have in common? Find out more about the cycles of these important prey species.

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    Trumpeter Swans

    This incredible swan species came back from near-extinction. See how Denali scientists continue to identify threats to their future.

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    Learn more about the world's largest falcon and how Denali scientists are exploring their unique life cycles.


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Last updated: June 3, 2019

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Contact Info

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PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


907 683-9532
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