Arctic terns hunt for small insects and fish by diving into the marsh from the air. They then pass their catch off to their mates without landing. (Photo by Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News)

Limbering up for a long trip south: A young trumpeter swan beats its wings in some of the last open water along Turnagain Arm during a recent sunset. Alaska is the nesting place for 80 percent of the world's population of trumpeters, the largest of the seven swan species. ( Photo by Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News)
Tundra swans prepare: A tundra swan feeds with its mate and ducks during a late-October rest stop at Anchorage's Potter Marsh on their fall migration. Biologists say the late freeze-up will help provide the birds with extra nutrition for the trip south. (Photo by Bob Hallinen Anchorage Daily News)
Trumpeter swans
A pair of trumpeter swans paddle through a swampy area just south of Girdwood on the Seward Highway in mid-September. Trumpeter swans winter in both Southeast Alaska and the Pacific northwest and migrate north to Southcentral Alaska to nest in the summer. (Photo by Jim Lavrakas / Anchorage Daily News) Photo No. 34 of 48 | Published: October 8, 2002

Canada geese are back in Anchorage
Lesser Canada geese come in for a landing at Westchester Lagoon on an early May afternoon. It's a sure sign of spring when the geese return after migrating south for the winter. (Photo by Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News) Photo No. 11 of 48 | Published: May 7, 2003

We should have chicks on the 8th of June
Loon Cam: nest at Connors Lake.
Loons: Cam

For You LBI a Magpie

Duck chase: A greater scaup male chases another male from a group of ducks that were feeding in Potter Marsh recently. Runoff washing into the marsh from nearby neighborhoods and glacial silt from Cook Inlet tides are making the marsh more shallow, which may make it disappear. (Photo by Bob Hallinen / Anchorage Daily News)
Image No. 195 of 216 | Published: July 14, 2002

Rick Sinnott, Anchorage-area biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, herds a gaggle of Canada geese toward a net corral at Westchester Lagoon on Thursday. (Photo by Jim Lavrakas / Anchorage Daily News)
Goose roundup
Canada geese, rounded up on a mid-July morning at Westchester Lagoon, were checked one by one for a transmitter, and the numbers on their bands and collars, if they had one, were recorded. Any geese that didn't have a band were banded before they were released, and some were fitted with a collar. About 5,000 Canada geese used to spend the summer in Anchorage, but the population was reduced to roughly 2,000 to improve aviation safety, water quality and to help keep parks and lawns cleaner. (Photo by Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News) Photo No. 47 of 48 | Published: October 11, 2002
The little duckling who could
Mallard ducklings wait their turn May 14 as a sibling struggles to make it up a curb in South Bend, Ind. The mother, who had already cleared the obstacle, flirted with traffic for 20 minutes before leading her offspring safely across the busy road.
Winter Ptarmigan

Trumpeter swans fed at Potter Marsh on Sunday as they prepared to migrate south. Eighty percent of the world's trumpeters nest in Alaska. They are the largest of the seven swan species and have a wingspan of 6 to 8 feet. (Photo by Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News) Published: October 27, 2003
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