An adult Arctic tern stands near Photo Point near at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Courtesy Photo | Gwen Baluss)

An adult Arctic tern stands near Photo Point near at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. (Courtesy Photo | Gwen Baluss)

Arctic tern nesting areas closed at glacier

The area is off limits for the summer.

In preparation for the arrival of Arctic terns, the U.S. Forest Service has closed areas in front of Photo Point and along Nugget Falls Trail at the Mendenhall Glacier for the summer season.

[Arctic terns at Mendenhall seem to be decreasing in numbers]

Visitors are asked to refrain from entering the closure as human intrusion can have deleterious effects on colony productivity, the Forest Service said in a press release.

Outdoor areas around the visitor center are open from 6 a.m.-midnight year-round.

For more information, call 789-0097 or visit mendenhallglacier.net.


• This is a Juneau Empire report.


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