Birds by the Season

a group of pictures that show a braided river in different seasons

NPS Photos / Tim Rains

 
The seasons dictate the distribution and abundance of bird life 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.
 
a lush green mountainous landscape

Summer

Discover more about the many birds that call Denali home during the warm summer months.

a group of sandhill cranes fly across the sky at sunset

Fall

Shorter days indicates the arrival of fall and the park's vibrant migrants start to make their long treks back to their wintering grounds.

a partially white ptarmigan hides in a snowy bush

Winter

It may seem quiet during the snowy cold winter months, but in truth Denali's resident bird populations can still be seen wandering the park.

a warbler sits on a bare branches

Spring

After a long winter, the park starts to thaw and life returns with an influx of migratory birds sharing their songs.

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Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755

Phone:

(907) 683-9532
General park information. The phone is answered 9 am - 4 pm daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message with your number and we'll call you back as soon as we finish helping the visitor on the line ahead of you.

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