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Birds and Birders

Monday, August 29, 2011
Story by Matthew Smith and Matty Guiffré

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Pacific loon
A Pacific loon, one of the birds seen in the Nome area. Every summer, the Seward Peninsula attracts exceptional amounts of birds: along with the "birders" who strive to observe them.
As summer in Alaska draws to a close, many of Nome’s warm-weather visitors have already made their way south for the winter.

But if you were lucky, you might have been able to catch a final glimpse of some of Nome’s more eccentric summertime guests.

They may call each other twitchers, but they’re more commonly known as birders, or bird watchers. And they flock to Nome, and other communities in western Alaska, every summer, hoping to catch a glimpse of the spectacular array of birds that migrate through western Alaska.

Nicole Andler, a park ranger at the Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, talked about what motivates so many birders to migrate to western Alaska every summer.

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