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 spring and fall during migrations are Sandhill Cranes, Loons, Swans, Canada geese, Plovers, and Sandpipers. In total, over 100 bird species have been spotted in the refuge.
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  • Great! We didn’t think they’d still be here but we got to watch tons of sand hill cranes. Amazing to see. They have lookout stations and trails that join with Wedgwood so we had a nice afternoon... 
    Great! We didn’t think they’d still be here but we got to watch tons of sand hill cranes. Amazing to see. They have lookout stations and trails that join with Wedgwood so we had a nice afternoon...  more »
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  • Would recommend!!! Went for the morning free guided tour of the premises. Mostly for bird watching, but was a little bit of everything, Birds, History, Animals, Gold Rush, etc... Was a lot of fun. Takes about an hour. Dirt trails, but flat, slow going, so can accommodate pretty much anyone, except I don't think a wheel chair would make it. Need big spray head to toe!
  • I biked here on a cloudy Monday, I went to the visitor center first, there is a bunch of taxidermy over there, birds and foxes. Then I walked through the trail, i wore a T-shirt and shorts which was not too wise bc there were countless insects especially mosquitoes waiting in the bushes for some blood and it was drizzling suddenly so I headed back and I didn't finish my trail, I promise I'll visit again and maybe bike the trail, beside mosquitoes it was very walkable and lovely, also I see there is a place to lock your bike and parking is very convenient.

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