Yakutat, AK
Yakutat, AK. Photo: John Schoen

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Yakutat is the northernmost community on the Southeast Alaska Birding Trail. Though remote, Yakutat is easily accessible with daily jet service from Juneau, Cordova, Anchorage, and Seattle as well as via ferry on the Alaska Marine Highway system. Yakutat is a scenic coastal village with a rich Alaska Native culture. The village is surrounded by beautiful beaches and stunning scenery including the Gulf of Alaska, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Tongass National Forest, Mount St. Elias, and the Hubbard Glacier.

Yakutat 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 each spring. The community celebrates the return of its birds each spring with the annual Yakutat Tern Festival, which also highlights the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat. The festival is typically planned for late May or early June.

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