The Alaska SeaLife Center Participates in Inaugural Seward Seabird Festival
June 19, 2019

Seward, Alaska (June 19, 2019) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) will be highlighting seabird research and education all weekend long at the inaugural Seward Seabird Festival. On June 21, 22, and 23, events throughout Seward will focus on the arrival of Alaska’s seabirds. The Center will have activities and programs throughout the day where guests can learn more about these magnificent creatures. The Seward Seabird Festival is co-sponsored by ASLC, Seward Chamber of Commerce, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and National Park Service.
ASLC is excited to offer additional programming about Alaska’s seabirds throughout the weekend:
● At the Interpretative Bird Dive at 9:00 am on Friday, visitors can watch divers in action and learn more about their underwater work in the seabird habitat.
● Puffin Encounters are offered twice daily at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm where guests get the chance to participate in a feeding in the aviary with resident puffins. Reservations recommended; additional fee applies.
● Seabird Keeper Chats happen daily at 10:30 am. Avian staff will give visitors a glimpse into the animal care at the Center, and guests will hear about the gossip of the aviary.
● Learn more about Alaska’s seabirds by visiting with an educator at the daily Education Station at 12:00 pm and 3:30 pm.
● Outside on the ASLC plaza there will be food and art vendors, a kids’ tent with fun educational activities and crafts, a chance to earn your Junior Seabirder badge, and more!
● A Private Photography Session in the Aviary will take place Saturday morning before opening. Go behind the scenes into ASLC’s seabird exhibit for a personal, up-close opportunity to photograph the birds. Reservations required; additional fee applies.
A keynote address, “The birds’ tale: Long-term seabird research on Middleton Island” by Scott Hatch, will take place across the street from ASLC at the K.M. Rae Building at 125 Third Avenue on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Hatch is a wildlife biologist whose research interests are population biology and feeding ecology of North Pacific seabirds.
Bird-watching competitions, talks by bird experts, seabird boat charters and cruises, and bird trivia night and more are happening at different locations in town. For a detailed schedule of events, please visit the ASLC website at
About the ASLC
Opened in 1998, the Alaska SeaLife Center operates as a private, non-profit research institution and a public aquarium. It generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. The ASLC is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To learn more, visit
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