Eagle River Nature Center ideal for spring wildlife viewing in Alaska

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:16
  • A salmon fry swims in the shallows of the Eagle River on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A trumpeter swan stretches its wings near the Eagle River Nature Center on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A Milbert’s tortoiseshell butterfly rests near the Eagle River Nature Center on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A pair of trumpeter swans in the Eagle River near the Eagle River Nature Center on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A pair of trumpeter swans in the Eagle River near the Eagle River Nature Center on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A pair of trumpeter swans in the Eagle River near the Eagle River Nature Center on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Trails at the Eagle River Nature Center are drying out, with clear paths now open at the center at the end of Eagle River Road. The center will transition to its summer hours starting May 1. Through April the center is open Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Trails at the center range from the easy Rodak Nature Trail — a 0.7 mile loop that features wide, gently sloping trails, interpretive signs and over-water viewing platforms — up to the Crow Pass Trail, a 23-mile trek from the Nature Center to Girdwood. There’s also plenty of hiking options in between, including the 3-mile Albert Loop Trail and the 6-mile Dew Mound Trail.

The trails are a great place to view wildlife ranging from waterfowl like ducks and swans to fish to large mammals such as moose and bears.

Beginning in May the center will be open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center’s trails are always open and free to access, though there is a $5 parking fee.

This weekend’s events include “Cryptozoology: In Search of Bigfoot,” a presntation by artist and cryptid enthusiast Rob Roy Menzies on Saturday, April 13.

On Sunday, April 14, nature writer and author Bill Sherwonit will present “Living with Bears,” a discussion about how humans can coexisat with bruins at 2 p.m.

For more information, visit ernc.org.

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