Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
... to the nation's premiere seabird nesting and research refuge.
to ... 40 million marine birds and mammals
... some birds and animals breed nowhere else
Leader in Research
* to detect changes in the health of our ocean.
* to discover conservation
issues of seabirds.
* protect or restore the natural biodiversity of our islands.
* with an Endangered species success story.
* Best place to view and photograph puffins,
other seabirds, and fur seals from land.
* Islands with seabirds, sea
lions, seals, and sea otters - tour boats go to some.
* Chance to see birds
rarely or never seen elsewhere in North America.
* Spectacular visitor center (Alaska Islands & Ocean - Homer, Alaska).
* Some plants and animals more typical of Asia.
* Some birds (shearwaters)
migrate 'down under' to Australia and New Zealand.
* We help
fulfill treaties with more than 17 nations.
* Volcanoes erupt and build new wildlife habitat.
* Earliest contact between Alaska Natives and newcomers (Russians).
Only World War II land battle fought on North American soil.
mandated purposes for the Refuge
Last updated: April 5, 2012