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Fairbanks Community members prepare a grand three ton feast for the birds.

Published: Apr. 10, 2021 at 5:01 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As Fairbanks finally emerges from the cold embrace of the Alaskan winter and into spring, one of the many changes that calls for preparation is the incoming birds.

After lanes were plowed earlier this week by Fairbanks International Airport Field Maintenance, Creamer’s Field underwent the next step in getting ready for migratory birds. With the work of community volunteers, nearly three tons of grain were spread across Creamer’s - and according to Mark Ross, a biologist educator at the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, bird watchers can look forward to the arrival of trumpeter swans and Canada geese among other migratory species.

In describing the planning, Ross told us, “The grain is barley. It’s been a tradition here at Creamer’s Field actually since the days of World War II. The Tanana Valley Sportsman’s Club was given permission by the Creamer family to put grain out for the incoming migratory waterfowl, and ever since then it’s been an annual tradition here. I would expect trumpeter swans to touch down soon, and within the next 10 days Canada geese should arrive.”

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