Wildlife viewing and peaceful scenery opportunities at Creamer’s Field

Published: Oct. 6, 2023 at 10:33 AM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - As the weather grows chilly, the Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge continues to offer wildlife viewing and peaceful scenery. The nearly five miles of well-maintained walking trails looping around the fields and through the forest will remain open all year round.

Though the bulk of the waterfowl found at the refuge throughout the summer have already migrated south, Alaska Department of Fish and Game wildlife biologist Mark Ross explained that visitors can still see small flocks of Canada geese. They will stay around for as long as there is barley grass and oat grass available for them to forage.

“Oh, swan migration will begin any time!” Ross added. “Hundreds and hundreds of swans, perhaps thousands, will fly through this part of the valley. Now, they’re not going to touch down in the fields. But often they fly right over the top of the historic buildings, and you often hear them before you see them. They may be up thousands of feet if the sky is clear like today, or if the sky is cloudy they could be down low, maybe only a couple of hundred feet up. But swan migration could start any time; they’ll be moving west to east along the Tanana drainage.”

According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, around 25 species of mammals and 29 species of birds can be found on the refuge throughout the winter. Pamphlets and information on these can be found in the Farmhouse Visitors’ Center.

“There’s a good chance of seeing foxes and moose of course, they’re active all year,” Ross explained. “We haven’t had any aggressive moose this year, so just be careful of course, and follow your common sense if you encounter a moose. Watch it, watch its behavior, and keep your distance.”

As always, please remember to respect the refuge and keep it free of trash and garbage.