Get ready to take flight alongside migrating shorebirds for an exciting
trip to the Copper River Delta in the Chugach National Forest near
Cordova, Alaska. Millions of shorebirds return to the spectacular
wetlands of the Copper River Delta to rest and refuel on their long
journey to the breeding grounds in western and northern Alaska.
Shorebirds are truly ambassadors to our world. Migrating to Alaska
from many places, such as Mexico, Central and South America, Japan,
Hawaii, and the West Coast of the United States, some shorebirds
fly as many as 10,000 miles one way. However, shorebird numbers
are declining and scientists are concerned about their future.
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How can you bring the shorebird excitement into your classroom? "Winging
Northward: A Shorebird's Journey" provides this information-rich
web site and free electronic field trip that brings the birds to
you! Your students will be fascinated by shorebird adaptations,
their wetland habitat, and their migration flyways across international
No matter where they live, students will learn how public
and private lands, whether a neighborhood park or National Forest,
provide wetland habitat and how students can help protect these
habitats in the United States and around the globe.
Watch the ELECTRONIC FIELD TRIP webcast from the Copper River Delta in Alaska and Sinaloa, Mexico.