Winter is a quiet season for birds in Alaska. Most migrate south to wintering areas in the Lower 48, Mexico, South America, and Polynesia. But, some species remain in Alaska through the winter. Even in the northernmost regions of Alaska, some ravens, snowy owls, and gyrfalcons remain, and offshore, murres and a few gulls linger near openings in the pack ice. Over 25 species endure the harsh winters of interior and western Alaska, and over 100 stay through the milder coastal winters of southcoastal and southeastern Alaska.
Chickadee nest boxes should be placed on trees in wooded areas. Boreal and Chestnut_backed Chickadees prefer coniferous forests, while Black_capped Chickadees prefer deciduous woods. Chickadees nest 6┫ feet above the ground. Sawdust or woodchips may be placed in the bottom of chickadee nest boxes. Chickadees prefer split_log nest boxes. Nuthatch nest boxes should be placed 6┰ feet above the ground on a tree in mixed coniferous_hardwood forest. Nuthatches perfer split_log nest boxes.