Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, Fairbanks

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Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,200 acre (7.3 km²) bird sanctuary, located within the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska and partially within the city limits of Fairbanks. It consists of wetlands, fields, and forests. The refuge surrounds the former farm of Charles Hinckley and later Charles Albert Creamer (1889-1974), a former chicken rancher from Washington state who moved to Fairbanks. Creamer saved waste grains from his barn to feed migrating birds. After Creamer's death, preservationists banded together to make the area a state refuge. The Creamer farmstead now serves as a visitor center and environmental education center, with the non-profit "Friends of Creamer's Field" presenting programs year-round. In the summer visitors can take a guided nature walk on the refuge trails. The refuge is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. It is a multi-use refuge, and limited hunting is also allowed in certain seasons. In winter dog mushing trails criss cross the back of the acreage, while skijorers have trails in the front fields.

Among the birds that flock to the refuge in late summer during migration south are Sandhill Cranes, Many ducks and Canada geese.

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  • A beautiful, peaceful area. It was muddy when we were there so we could not enjoy all the trails. But we saw plenty of birds. The visitor center was also closed at the time. Easy to get to...  more »
  • When we went, the trumpet swans had just returned. There are geese and ducks normally, but having the swans there was really special.  more »
  • Such a beautiful place.. Had to cut it short tho 😔... If you are going be aware of your surroundings, 3 drunk males walked up on me very quickly, they followed me for awhile. Keep in mind you are not at your home, and there are some not so good people out there walking in the woods with ya... Its worth the trip just don't go alone like I did...😱
  • This place is a gem all year round. Most people just visit the pullout during spring for the migration of the swans and geese but this place offers so much more. The cross country skiing, dog mushing and snow shoeing trails are great in the winter or spring. The spring is even great for snow trail running. The actual building has community events and I’ve gone to them and even built a bird house and all of the materials were complimentary.

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