Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge
Alaska Heritage Resources Survey
|Location||At end of Creamer Lane, in Creamers Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge, Fairbanks, Alaska|
|Area||12 acres (4.9 ha)|
|Built by||Charles T. Hinckley; Charles Albert Creamer|
|NRHP Reference #||77001572|
|Added to NRHP||April 13, 1977|
|Designated AHRS||May 20, 1975|
Creamer's Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge is a 2,200 acre (7.3 km²) bird sanctuary, located within the Fairbanks North Star Borough in the U.S. state of Alaska and partially within the city limits of Fairbanks. It consists of wetlands, fields, and forests. Except to the south, the refuge surrounds the former farm of Charles Hinckley and later Charles Albert Creamer (1889-1974), a former chicken rancher from Washington state who moved to Fairbanks. Creamer saved waste grains from his barn to feed migrating birds. After Creamer's death, preservationists banded together to make the area a state sanctuary associated with the Alaska Bird Observatory. The Creamer farmstead now serves as a visitor center and environmental education center.
Among the birds that flock to the sanctuary in late summer are sandhill cranes, mallard ducks and Canada geese.
Charles Hinckley built a log barn and opened a dairy business upon arriving in Fairbanks in 1904. In 1938 Charles Albert Creamer succeeded to Hinckley and built the modern day barn, which is still visible today. All other buildings in the area were constructed subsequently after, up to the closure of business in 1965. The State of Alaska purchased all the land around the dairy in 1969, to establish the Migratory Refuge. The property is the only group of pioneer dairy farm buildings surviving in the interior of Alaska.
View of the elevated trail through the boreal forest at Creamers Field
Sandhill cranes at Creamers Field
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