Eighth Annual Yakutat Tern Festival begins May 31

Contact(s): Paul Robbins Jr.

YAKUTAT, Alaska, April. 12, 2018 – The Eighth Annual Yakutat Tern Festival is May 31-June 3, 2018. The festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, Alaska, which hosts one of the largest and southernmost known nesting colonies of Aleutian Terns, as well as Arctic Terns and up to 200 other bird species that nest in or migrate through the area. The festival is family friendly and offers activities for birders as well as non-birders, including field trips, seminars, kid’s activities, evening banquets, bird banding demonstration, and other programs.

This year’s keynote speaker, Lynn Schooler is an Alaskan writer, photographer, and woodworker who worked as a wilderness guide for over 25 years, specializing in serving wildlife photographers and natural history film makers. He is the author of the Blue Bear, Walking Home, The Last Shot, and Heartbroke Bay. His photos of Alaska have been featured in publications world-wide.

Kathy Hocker, the featured artist, grew up in Juneau and now lives in Gustavus. She holds a degree in biology from Harvard University and a graduate certificate in science illustration from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Kathy’s professional career has focused on learning, writing, teaching, and illustrating about Southeast Alaska's landscape, plants, animals, and people.

For more information on the presenters and the festival, go to www.yakutatternfestival.org, visit Facebook @ykt_festival, or call the Yakutat Ranger District at 907-784-3359. 

For interviews and information to be used for publication, contact the Tongass Public Affairs Officer at 907-228-6201.

Aleutian Terms nest with two eggs

Yakutat hosts one of the largest and southernmost known nesting colonies of Aleutian Terns.





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