Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44DELTA JUNCTION GUIDE 13 Alaska provides impor- tant habitat to hundreds of species of birds from Arctic Warblers to Waxwings. People travel from all over the world to view birds in Alaskas beautiful and rugged landscapes. Whether you visit the taiga forests frozen tundra high peaks or vast rain forests birding opportunities abound. Wings Over Alaska is an Alaska Department of Fish and Game program that encourages more people to enjoy Alaskas birds and to take their bird- ing skills to a higher level. Alaska is home to a huge variety of birds471 species have been positively identified to dateand makes the 49th state a par- adise for birders and a destination for many who hope to see rarities like the Bluethroat Whiskered Auklet and Bristle-Thighed Curlew. Wings Over Alaska participants are awarded free certificates for bird species they have seen in Alaska. There are four levels of certification for birders based on identify- ing 50 125 200 and 275 species in the state. The highest level of certificate is signed by the Governor. Alaska Pipeline Viewpoint on Richardson Highway is a pull-off area at Mile 243. Here you will see a close-up view of the pipeline sur- rounded by majestic mountains. Black Rapids Glacieris a surge- type glacier which most recently surged in 1936-37 and is currently in its quiescent phase. While many glaciers in Alaska exhibit reoccur- ring surge behavior this glacier is of special interest because it is a po- tential hazard to the trans-Alaska oil pipeline. Donnelly Dome Driving south on the Richardson Highway about 23 miles from Delta. Its a popular climbing adventure with residents and nonresidents. Even though it may look steep even children climb the dome. Sullivan RoadhouseIn the heart of Delta Junction sits a small log building peacefully nestled among grass and wildflowers. It is the epit- ome of Alaskan idyllic. Its a rather unassuming building. No neon signs no flags or banners just weathered logs and a warm and inviting feel- ing. Ones first glimpse of the Sulli- van Roadhouse Historical Museum tells nothing of its remarkable past and the epic journeyyes journey that it took to get to its new home. It should be obvious by now that this is not the typically boring story of a museum coming to life. Rather this is a saga of an historical building that survived intact against overwhelm- ing odds. It is nothing short of a miracle and this story really should be titled To Live or Die on a Bomb- ing Range. TAKE A SELF-GUIDED TOUR GO BIRDING ALASKA BIRDING RESOURCES www.alaskacenters.gov www.fws.govalaskanwrmap.htm www.adfg.alaska.gov checklist of Alaska Birds www.universityofalaska museumbirds.org PAGES 12 13 EXCEPT PIPELINE facebook.comSebastianSaarloos