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Bird Watching

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Kasilof RV Park is a haven for Alaskan birds.  The trees in the park, the lake across the road, and the forest behind the campground all provide a bird friendly habitat for a large variety of birds and waterfowl. Whether it is an Eagle flying over head, a Ptarmigan foraging in the grass with it’s chicks, or a Orange Crowned Warbler flitting from branch to branch in a alder tree, the park is a great place for bird watching. Over twenty species have been spotted to date.

Yellow Rumped Warbler*

The small birds are lively all summer long with the Chickadees, Finch, Thrush and bright Warblers flitting through branches of the cottonwoods, alders and willows.  The Owls are busy catching the small furry creatures in the natural areas between the campsites and along the road. 

Blackbilled Magpie*

There are Eagles flying overhead occasionally, Ravens sitting in the treetops mimicking other birds, and Gray Jays and Blackbilled Magpies flying from tree to tree in the park.

 
Common Loon*

Johnson Lake across Crooked Creek road from the RV park is summer home to a large number of waterfowl.  All of the summer residents of the Park enjoy the birds on the lake and particularly the Common Loons with their beautiful calls in the early morning and evening. 

Trumpeter  and Tundra Swans often spend the late summer in the lake on their way south although occasionally a pair will raise young. 
 

Common Merganser*

The lake has a large variety of ducks. Teal and Mallard ducks plus Grebes and Goldeneyes share the lake for the summer.  Canadian and Snow Geese and Sandhill Cranes arrive in the fall from their nesting grounds up in the tundra of northern Alaska.

Eagles with young on Kachemak*

Not far from the park is the Cook Inlet with it’s variety of sea birds.  Eagle pairs and their young spend time on the beaches of Kachemak Bay in Homer.

 

Arctic Tern in flight*

On the other side of the Kenai Peninsula out of Seward are major rookeries for all types of seabirds.  The Kenai Fjords National Park is home to both horned and tufted puffins, Kittiwakes, Cormorants, Arctic Terns and a large variety of Gulls.  The cruise boats that tour the Kenai Fjords National Park spend time touring all the sea birds rookeries as well as the sea animals and the many glaciers that flow out of the Harding Icefield in the Kenai Mountains.


Mergansers with large broods are a common sight on Johnson Lake

Images with an astreisk (*) courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Alaska Image Library. We thank those photographers that provided their photos to the library for our use.

Orange Crowned Warbler*
Downy Woodpecker*
Red-necked Grebes*
Willow Ptarmagin*
Mallard Drake*
Fox Sparrow*
Belted Kingfisher*
Closeup of a Sandhill Crane*

Local Wildlife

There is an abundance of wildlife around the Kasilof RV Park largely due to the park-like setting with natural areas between the campsites, the forested area behind the park, Johnson Lake across the road and it’s secluded location away from large populations. Moose are the most often visitors. Around the park and on the local roads, adult moose are regularly seen.

There is a female moose that shares her usual twin calves with the park visitors and they have been seen to grow from new born to large calves over the season.

This momma moose brought her calf in to learn how tasty the willow bushes are, and he is affectionately named after KRVP moose mascot Spike.

 

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Although not often seen in the park, there are several small herds of Caribou on the Kenai Peninsula.

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They can be seen occasionally along the roadsides, in the meadows and open areas especially in the spring and early summer.

 

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They generally spend the summer months in the cooler ranges of the Kenai Mountains.

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Bears are plentiful in Alaska. If you are interested in bear watching, we can make arrangements for you to visit Katmai National Park across from Homer.

 

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Fortunately, the Kasilof RV Park is not bothered by them as long at no one leaves trash and food around for them. We are very careful about removing the trash each day from the park to avoid the problem.  You can help by making sure that your trash is placed in the containers at the Lodge by five each day.

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Driving down to the Kenai Peninsula, Dall Sheep are often viewed in the cliffs along the road.  And occasionally they will even come down on the road to eat the salt off the highway.

Be very careful driving through the cliff section of the Turnagain Arm south of Anchorage as sometimes there are sheep and tourists on the highway.

 

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The Kenai Peninsula also boasts one of the premier sea life viewing areas of Alaska.  Many species of sea life and sea birds are seen from the daily cruise boats leaving Seward and touring the glaciers and fertile waters of Resurrection Bay and the Kenai Fjords National Park.  Often several species of whales are seen including Orca (Killer Whales), Sperm, Minke, Humpback and rarely Beluga.

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There are otters, sea lions, seals in the waters and occasionally black and brown bears, mountain goats and sheep on the shoreline cliffs.

 

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Add the beauty of the area and close-up views of many glaciers and the boat tours become a must see on your trip to Alaska.  The Park can book trips for you with several different cruise companies and will be happy to explain the differences.

These are but a few of the wide variety of wildlife in Alaska.  Herds of wild buffalo, musk ox and caribou exist in large numbers in the vast plains of the north and east.  Elk and deer are plentiful in the Southeast.  Mountain goats and sheep are plentiful in the many different Alaskan mountain ranges.

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And lest we forget our little furry friends, the Spruce Squirrel (we call Boomers) the ermine, marmots, lemmings, ground squirrels and the not so friendly Wolverine and Lynx. 
One nice thing!  There are no reptiles in Alaska except for a very small spring frog.  NO SNAKES!
Images with an astreisk (*) courtesy of the US Fish and Wildlife Alaska Image Library

Two Bull Moose*
Spike Welcomes You!
Adult Moose kneels to eat grass
Caribou along the roadside
Brown bears are seen on the rivers during the salmon season
Cubs fishing from a log
Brown bear cubs play in the river*
Brown bear fishes in local river*
Orca (Killer Whale) spouts
Sealions lounge on rocks
Otters feed in the rich waters*
Orca pod seen from the boat
Sheep on the road
A mother moose leads her calf