island of Adak is located about half way out the Aleutian chain.
to Get There
There are several flights a week from Anchorage and in
some years by cruise ship.
Access, Public Easements and Land Ownership
Most of the land near town belongs to the Aleut Corporation and permits and fees are required. Contact the Aleut Enterprises, LLC at (907) 277-7520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Public access easements cross Native land to access the refuge in some areas. Access easements can only be used for access. You cannot hunt or fish while on a public access easement unless you have a land use permit from the Aleut Corporation. Other small parcels elsewhere on the island are also in Native ownership. See the land ownership and easement maps in the links below.
to Asia as to North America, Adak offers the chance to see birds seldom found
elsewhere. Sea otters and seals can be seen in a saltwater lagoon, and whales
ply the offshore waters. Bald eagles are common sights.
were introduced to the island in 1958 and continue to offer hunting opportunities.
The island attracts a variety of birds
to habitats that vary from marine waters to barren mudflats to high alpine tundra.
Birdwatching is best at low tide and during early morning and late evening. Species
abundance varies with the season and weather conditions. Clam Lagoon, especially
the southwest portion, is considered the best birding area. Kuluk Bay, Sweeper
Cove, Lake Andrew and other areas are also productive.
The chance to see
a unique species makes birding in the Aleutians fun and challenging. About a quarter
of the over 200 birds on Adak islands checklist are typical of Asia. Almost any
observer can help fill in missing pieces with data on species range, migration
dates and bird behavior. In 2012, a good birding website was maintained by a bird guide living on Adak. Off island guides also lead tours to Adak.
LINKS to learn more
List-Adak Island, Aleutians (pdf)
Look Closer - Aleutians
Short History - Adak Island
Land ownership map of Adak (pdf)
17B Public Access Easement Across Native Land on Adak
Last updated: July 10, 2012