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Shorebird Festival


Join Kenai Fjords Tours and Prince William Sound Cruises and Tours for an amazing trip to Cordova, Alaska for the Annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival. The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival is one of Alaska’s premier birding events. Millions of shorebirds rest and feed on these tidal flats during their spring migration. There are over 30 species of migratory shorebirds on the Delta. Kenai Fjords Tours and Prince William Sound Cruises and Tours will be providing roundtrip boat transportation from Whittier to Cordova using one of our 95’ custom sightseeing vessels.

In early May, the tidal flats of the Copper River Delta are active with hundreds of thousands of shorebirds. Millions of shorebirds rest and feed here during the spring migration. The Delta is the largest continuous wetland on the Pacific coast of North America where you will see over 30 species of migratory shorebirds such as Western Sandpipers, Sanderlings, Dowitchers, Plovers, Dusky Canada geese, trumpeter swans, red-necked phalarope, northern pintails, shovelers and many other waterfowl. Join us at the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival for activities, workshops, and community events in this authentic Alaskan fishing community!

The species that migrate through the Copper River Delta use this highly endangered coastal wetland to rest and feed in preparation for their long journeys. In 1990, the Delta was inducted into the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. This international effort identifies critical shorebird habitat throughout the Western Hemisphere and strives to provide for its protection. Each stopover site is critical in the migratory link of shorebirds. Many shorebird populations are in serious decline and this network was established to promote and support the conservation of these truly hemispheric shorebirds.

Whittier to Cordova

  • Departure from Whittier at 10 AM, Friday, May 6
  • Arrive in Cordova at approximately 4 PM, the same day

    Cordova to Whittier

  • Departure from Cordova at 12 Noon, Sunday May 8.
  • Arrive in Whittier at approximately 6 PM, the same day

    It takes approximately 6 hours to get to Cordova from Whittier and meals will be provided on board. This boat ride will give our guests opportunities to view not only shorebirds and other indigenous birds, but the marine mammals that inhabit the waters of Prince William Sound! Guests will need to find their own lodging and overnight accommodations during the festival. Roundtrip Rate to Cordova Adults (12+) $149 + 3% sales tax Children (2-11) $100 + 3% sales tax

    *In order to get to Whittier by 10 A.M., guests will need to take the Anton Anderson Memorial tunnel opening at 9:30 A.M. For more information on the tunnel, please visit

    Shorebird Festival Events Recommended Gear • Daily Shorebird Watch field trips • Rain Gear • Guest speakers • Waterproof boots • Photography workshops • Binoculars & cameras & scopes • Birding workshops • Birding field guides • Birder’s Bash dinner & silent auction • Warm clothing (wool & synthetics) • Parade • Birder’s challenge For more information on the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival or for lodging information, please visit the Cordova Chamber of Commerce’s website or by calling (907) 424-7260.

    For reservations, please contact Kenai Fjords Tours at 1-800-478-8068.

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