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RV bird watchers across North America are noticing mallards. Here's where to start RV bird watching on your next RV trip. Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards.

Bobby's RV Park
(907) 688-2487
Chugiak, AK
Campground Availability
15-May thru Sept
Services
Non Flush, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Accomodates Big Rigs, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage

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MILITARY PARK (Seward Recreation Area-Fort Richardson Otter Lake)
(907) 384-1649
Seward, AK
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers
Additional Facilities
Laundry
Recreation
Boating

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MILITARY PARK (Seward Recreation Area-Elmendorf AFB)
(907) 552-4599
Seward, AK
Campground Availability
28-May thru 7-Sep
Services
Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Laundry

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Golden Nugget RV Park*
(800) 449-2012
4100 Debarr Rd
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Equipped Pavilion, Playground, Planned Group Activities, Horseshoes, Volleyball, Golf Nearby

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Creekwood Inn & RV Park*
(907) 258-6006
2150 New Seward Hwy
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
Open All Year
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers
Policies
Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry, Limited Groceries, LP Gas by Meter
Recreation
Stream Fishing, Hiking Trails

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MILITARY PARK (Black Spruce Army Travel Camp-Fort Richardson)
(907) 384-1476
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
1-May thru 1-Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Laundry

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MILITARY PARK (Elmendorf AFB FAMCAMP)
(907) 552-2023
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
May thru Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Playground

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Centennial Camper Park (City Park)
(907) 343-6986
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
23-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills, Fire Rings, Wood
Recreation
Playground, Sports Field, Hiking Trails

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Anchorage Ship Creek RV Park*
(907) 277-0877
150 N Ingra St
Anchorage, AK
Campground Availability
May 01-Oct 01
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Storage, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Local Tours

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Little Susitna River Campground (City Park)
(907) 892-6869
Houston, AK
Campground Availability
May thru Oct
Services
Non Flush
Policies
Partial Handicap Access
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Grills
Recreation
Pavilion, Boating, River Fishing, Playground, Hiking Trails

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RV Birdwatching for Your Next RV Trip

Mallards - The Uncommonly Common Duck


Wildlife Feature: Mallards
The uncommonly common duck From the pages of Camping Life Magazine

According to Crow Indian legend, before there was land or trees or mammals, the world consisted of an enormous sea. On this sea paddled ducks, the only animals in the world. One day, Old Man came to the ducks, informing them that there was earth on the bottom of the ocean. Four ducks dove to the depths at his command. When they popped to the surface, one of them presented him a bit of mud wedged between its webbed toes. From this bit of soil, Old Man created the continents that were subsequently occupied by other birds and mammals and the Crows themselves. Many early peoples caught ducks for use as a food source, but just as many prized the duck, especially the mallard, for its beautiful plumage.

Beyond the mythologies of specific native tribes, today, people from all walks of life continue to marvel at the color and natural artistry melded in the plumage of male mallards (drakes). From Central Park in the heart of New York City to tiny ponds and prairie potholes in the hinterlands of North Dakota, springtime finds human observers enthralled with the sight of courting mallards. Oblivious to the world, a green-headed drake bobs his head up and down before a likely female. If the head-bob fails to impress his audience, the suitor may dip his bright, yellow-green bill into the water then raise it above his head to send sparkling droplets of water splashing back to the surface. He may also rear backward in the water, displaying the burnished chestnut hues of his breast to his potential mate.

MOST COLORFUL

With the exception of the wood duck drake, male mallards are considered by many to be the most colorful ducks of North America. In contrast to the brilliantly arrayed but relatively uncommon wood duck, though, mallards seem to be everywhere. Due to their uncanny ability to adapt to human civilization and benefit from agricultural activities, mallards are not only the most common duck in the United States, but the most widespread duck in the entire world.

Although most species of ducks are superficially similar in shape and general appearance, different species are often categorized by the manner in which they forage. Diving ducks use their powerful feet to propel themselves to the depths of lakes, ponds and streams where they glean insects and vegetation from the bottom. Mallards, on the other hand, are among the several species known as dabblers. Dabbling ducks don't normally dive, but are often seen tipped bottom-side up, with their heads submerged. Under the surface, their bills probe for vegetation or click shut on swimming bugs. Dabbling ducks will also paddle along in groups, snatching hatching insects from on top of the water.

To facilitate their feeding, the bills of mallards possess some specialized characteristics. Both the yellow-gre...

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