The MMT Blog / Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival Cruise

The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival is an annual festival in Cordova, Alaska that celebrates the return of over 5 million birds to the Copper River Delta in spring. The festival, celebrating its 26th year in 2016, is made possible by a partnership between the Cordova Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Forest Service Cordova Ranger District. Festival organizers welcome you to “join birders, photographers, biologists, conservationists, artists, and global citizens for a laid-back weekend of birding, hiking, art, and dance in one of the most pristine natural places on earth.” This year, the festival is May 5th  – 8th, and Major Marine Tours is offering a fun and exciting way for you to get to and from the festival.

Kittiwake Rookery in Prince William Sound

The only way to access the beautiful harbor town of Cordova is by plane or boat. Major Marine Tours is offering a special round-trip cruise from Whittier to Cordova for the Shorebird Festival Weekend. Our cruise will depart from Whittier on Friday, May 6th at 10:00 a.m. and arrive in Cordova at 3:30 p.m. For the return trip, the cruise will depart from Cordova at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8th and arrive in Whittier at 5:30 p.m. In addition to providing a convenient transportation option to Cordova, guests of this cruise will enjoy spectacular scenery and  exclusive bird and wildlife viewing opportunities along the way. A bird expert will be onboard to provide narration during the cruise. The round-trip cost for this cruise is $159, including taxes and fees, and you can purchase a deli-style lunch onboard for an additional $14. A full-service cash bar will be available onboard.

The Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival is sure to be a spectacular weekend, including a fantastic lineup of speakers and guided field trips to the best shorebird viewing grounds in the area. You can find more information about the festival on the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival website, and more information about our cruise on our Shorebird Festival Cruise webpage. Call us at (907) 274-7300 to reserve your spot on this special cruise.