Near Nome - Safety Sound
Sound is a unique mainland birding hot spot - a remote region of Western Alaska
but with road access to the local transportation hub of Nome, which offers a range
of visitor services.
Daily jet flights to Nome from Anchorage
Tour Hot Spot
Many commercial birding tours visit Nome, especially in
late May when melting ice along the southern Seward Peninsula provides open-water,
feeding, and resting areas for migratory birds. Summer offers the chance to see
some nesting birds more common to Asia that also nest here.
and subarctic water birds such as scoters, eiders, loons, and harlequin ducks
can be found in abundance within the protected bays of Safety Sound. Bristle-thighed
curlews and wandering tattlers migrate through and nest on the peninsula. View
check list to see what other species await the adventurous birder.
Safety Sound is less than 20 miles from Nome on the Nome-Council
Road. It is a little-known, accessible part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife
Refuge. Nome itself is rich in Alaska history and culture, both Native and more
recent. During the Gold Rush years in the beginning of 1900, Nome was a bustling
center of activity. Abandoned gold dredges, a train engine, and mines dot the
landscape, and people continue to dredge and pan for gold today.
Last updated:September 8, 2008