Birds by the Season

The seasons dictate the distribution and abundance of birdlife in Denali. A seemingly bare landscape in winter fills with the vibrant colors and glorious songs of a diversity of birds in late spring. Summer landscapes are brimming with a cosmopolitan avian fauna busily raising broods and preparing for autumn migration and winter. In autumn, the tundra is transformed into blazing autumn colors and migrating birds leave by the thousands. By early October only the latest migrants and hardy year round residents remain.

Explore the sections below to view images of Denali's birds through the seasons.

green rolling tundra

red and yellow fall tundra

snow covered spruce trees

buds growing on a willow

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