Not pictured: LaVerne Smith

Who will be the 2014 Bird of the Year? You decide!

Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Dunlin (center, with black belly) and Western Sandpipers return to Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska during spring migration to refuel on the way to nesting grounds. 

Nathan Walker

Map of Important Wildlife Habitat and Final Record of Decision Special Areas

Ryan Hagerty, US Fish & Wildlife Service

More than 90% of the Pacific Flyway population of Brant rely on Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

Beth Peluso, Audubon Alaska

Solitary Sandpipers are bog-nesting birds of the boreal forest. They are one of the few sandpipers that nest in trees, moving into abandoned songbird nests.