Alaska July 21, 2019
A Visit To This Waterfowl Refuge In Alaska Will Enchant You Beyond Words
Alaska has a large migratory bird population, and there are a number of beautiful and interesting places to see these fabulous birds! Fairbanks has their own location in the stunning Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge. Go visit for a chance to see some rare and majestic birds up close!
Creamer’s Field Wildfowl Refuge is a 2,000 acre refuge in Fairbanks, Alaska.
It’s located on an old creamer’s dairy farm. This dairy farm is actually on The National Register of Historic Places!
The farm has turned itself into a lovely little visiting center and gift shop.
The non-profit "Friends of Creamer’s Field" offers programs for visitors all year round! The state of Alaska currently owns the refuge and manages the grooming of all the walking trails on the property.
There are miles and miles of multi-use trails for everyone to use. The trails are frequented not just by tourists, but locals love it too!
Walkers, runners, and even dog mushers spend the day on the trails in this refuge! In the winter the trails are groomed nicely for cross country skiers and and dog skijoring.
There’s also a lovely boardwalk stroll through the forest kind the Boreal Forest walk.
This is the perfect place to cool off if it gets really hot, as it can in the interior! All of the trails are closed however during migration season, to keep the birds safe and secure.
You can find amazing birds like the incredible Sandhill Crane migrating here in these fields.
Late afternoon and early evening are the best times of day to spot some of the birds. But those are also the best times for mosquitos, so make sure to bring bug repellant!
There are also many nesting Canadian geese!
Bring binoculars so you can see across the fields that you can’t walk across. There’s a large parking lot with plenty of spaces on the edge of the field, as well as relaxing benches.
This is the perfect place to take an early morning stroll or an afternoon walk!
The visitor center is open daily during the summer from 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays in the winter from 12:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. They also offer trained naturalists offering guided walks Monday through Saturdays, starting at 10:00 a.m. in June through August.
Have you ever visited this waterfowl refuge? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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