Spring Migration Celebration

The dynamic change of seasons brings forth the appearance of not only migratory species back to Interior Alaska, but the awakening of overwintering life as the cold bonds of winter melt away. This dramatic moment welcomes visitors of all ages and interests to this special refuge; all appreciating that the promise of spring has come.

Celebrating the coming of spring at our Spring Migration Celebration! Come celebrate with the Friends of Creamer’s Field, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and more local outdoor organizations on April 27 from 12-4 pm at Creamer’s Field! This event is FREE to the public and will bring fun for all ages! Activities include meeting local outdoor organizations, nature walks, treats, wildlife viewing, and crafts for kids and families. A visit during late April ensures great viewing opportunities for Trumpeter Swans, Canada Geese, Greater White-fronted Geese, and various species of ducks. 

Please dress for the weather and wear boots!

In preparation for our Spring Migration Celebration, join us on Friday, April 26 at 12:00 pm for a screening of the film Flyways at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center auditorium (101 Dunkel St, Fairbanks, AK). Admission is free.
The documentary shines a spotlight on an awe-inspiring phenomenon of shorebird migration. The film follows Far Eastern Curlews, Lesser Yellowlegs, Red Knots and Hudsonian Godwits as they undertake some of the longest and most grueling migrations in the animal kingdom, in which they fly for days nonstop without food or water from their feeding grounds in the southern hemisphere to the Arctic and back again. The film also sounds an alarm as dozens of shorebird species have suffered precipitous population declines in the past few decades. Researchers are trying to understand the perils the birds encounter along migration paths that were once shrouded in mystery.
Photo by Randall Wood of banded Lesser Yellowlegs in Alaska.
Flyways, a film from HHMI Tangled Bank Studios, premiered on PBS Nature in February 2024.