Arctic Terns to nest at Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Center

An arctic tern flies over the Mendenhall Lake with a fish. (Photo provided by the U.S. Forest Service)

Juneau, Alaska (KINY) – Arctic Terns are breeding at the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, and visitors to the popular Juneau site are asked to keep their distance from the birds and be mindful of barriers along the nesting areas.

These incredible birds migrate to and from Antarctica every year.

The public’s cooperation is crucial in ensuring the protection of this sensitive species.

The U.S. Forest Service asks visitors to refrain from walking, hiking, biking, and beach landings with kayaks, canoes, or paddle boards within or along posted areas.

Drones are prohibited anywhere that would cause a disturbance to wildlife.

People, especially those with pets and service animals recreating in the area, should be mindful of the nesting activity which is expected to continue through Sept. 30.

Maintaining a distance of at least one hundred yards from nesting areas is recommended.

Arctic Tern eggs in a nest. (Photo provided by U.S. Forest Service)