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Audubon Releases Migration Study Done in the Chilkat Valley on Jilkáat Aani

A new analysis done by the National Audubon Society Science Division demonstrates how the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve Important Bird Area is a major migration passage.

Surf Scoter flock
Surf Scoter flock. Photo: Milo Burcham

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Dgheyey Kaq’)—For World Migratory Bird Day 2024, Audubon Alaska is releasing a new analysis done by the National Audubon Society Science Division: “Importance of the Chilkat Bald Eagle IBA Region to Migratory Birds”

In short, the analysis proves the Chilkat Valley to be a major migration passage for many bird species, including 18% of the total North American population for Surf Scoters during spring migration. (For context, a site must be home to 1% or more of a bird species to be of global significance.) Overall, there were 18 species whose percent of the population that uses the study area is greater than or equal to 1%.

“I am very excited that we now have the numbers to reinforce our anecdotal observations,” says Stacie Evans, Science Director at Takshanuk Watershed Council and board president at Lynn Canal Conservation.

“The Chilkat Valley is one of the most biodiverse places in Alaska. We live amongst all these birds and animals and they're part of our daily life,” says Lani Strong Hotch, award-winning textile artist and Chilkat Indian Village-proclaimed culture bearer. “We respect them and appreciate them.”

For more information or to set up an interview, please contact Lauren Cusimano, Audubon Alaska’s Communication Manager, at 907-433-5300 or

The analysis is further explained in this in-depth article. Imagery is available upon request

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Since 1977, Audubon Alaska has been conserving the spectacular natural ecosystems of Alaska for people, birds, and other wildlife. Audubon Alaska uses science to identify conservation priorities and support conservation actions and policies, with an emphasis on public lands and waters. Audubon Alaska is a state office of the National Audubon Society. Learn more at

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