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ARCTIC, KANUTI YUKON FLATS: Fairbanks Refuges Join Forces to Reach Out at Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention
Alaska Region, October 27, 2005
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Fairbanks Refuges and Office of Subsistence Management employees teamed up to staff the FWS booth at the AFN Convention in Fairbanks, October 18, 2005. Photo by Joanne Gustafson.
Fairbanks Refuges and Office of Subsistence Management employees teamed up to staff the FWS booth at the AFN Convention in Fairbanks, October 18, 2005. Photo by Joanne Gustafson. - Photo Credit: n/a
An enthusiastic child joined in the activities offered at the FWS booth, October 18, 2005. Photo by Shannon Nelson.
An enthusiastic child joined in the activities offered at the FWS booth, October 18, 2005. Photo by Shannon Nelson. - Photo Credit: n/a

Arctic, Kanuti and Yukon Flats Refuges joined forces with Office of Subsistence Management employees October 17 through 22 to staff an informational booth at the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention, which was held in Fairbanks for the first time since 1988. Alaska's Native leaders gather annually to consider issues ranging from education to economics and health at the annual AFN convention, which attracts more than 3,000 people, many from remote areas of the state. The convention, therefore, presented a significant opportunity to share information about refuges and subsistence issues with people who use refuge resources on a regular basis.

The outreach effort was a resounding success, keeping a team of staff busy answering questions and providing activities for six days. Activities included fish, moose and caribou population estimation contests and stained glass wildlife art projects for children. Staff distributed hand-made wildlife buttons as prizes for good answers and outstanding efforts. Fairbanks Refuge staff are hoping that the wildly successful convention will return to Fairbanks again in future years so they can again take advantage of this unique opportunity to reach out to thousands of refuge residents, visitors and supporters.  

For more information about the event, contact Joanne Ahlfs at (907) 455-1834 or joanne_ahlfs@fws.gov.


Contact Info: Kristen Gilbert, 907-786-3391, Kristen_Gilbert@fws.gov



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