When we lived in Fairbanks in the 1970s we rarely saw magpies. In fact, my memory is that I never saw magpies unless we went into the Alaska Range or further south.
Now the Anchorage Daily News has reprinted a story from Fairbanks reporting that the black and white corvids are increasing.
What about it, you who live in the Fairbanks area? Are there more hanging around now? Where are you seeing them?