“They are the longest distance migrant of any bird that we know of if you measure by body length,” said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologist Todd Eskelin. “So Arctic terns, we know fly 20,000 miles in their migration, but they’re a lot longer, so proportional to their body length, the rufous is the longest migrant of any of the birds in North America.”
The festivities kicked off Monday morning featuring a parade circling downtown that had a variety of different floats painting an image of the diverse Anchorage community. Some of the floats included pageant participants, veterans, vintage vehicles and different cultural groups represented in the community.