House mice were never meant to be on the remote and windswept Bering Sea Island of St. George,
Alaska, so it was quite a shock for Mark Merculief and his coworkers from the City of St. George when
they opened a shipping container of grass seed and straw, and found house mice scurrying around inside.
St. George is one of the few populated islands in the world where house mice have not become
established and the residents of the island (both people and wild animals) want to keep it that way. No
nuisance mice, gnawed food packages or threats to native wildlife for them! “It was a surprise,” said
Merculief, “and not a nice one.”Read More
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge has completed a public scoping process to identify issues and alternatives to address damage from unauthorized cattle on Wosnesenski and Chirikof Islands. We received 156 comments or suggestions, and will consider alternatives as we work on a draft environmental impact statements for each island. Once these draft documents are written, we will make them public and again ask for comments before making any final decisions.Read more...
About the NWRS
The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.
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Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve marine mammals, seabirds and other migratory birds, and the marine resources upon which they rely. The Refuge's 3.4 million acres include the spectacular volcanoes of the islands along the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian chain, the seabird cliffs of the remote Pribilofs, the mossy forests sheltering storm petrels in southeast, and icebound lands washed by the Chukchi Sea, providing essential habitat for some 40 million seabirds, representing more than 30 species.Read more
Upcoming events in Homer at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center.Islands & Ocean Calendar
Rock ptarmigan (Lagopus mutus) occur throughout Alaska. Fourteen subspecies of rock ptarmigan are found in North America. Seven of the fourteen subspecies occur in the Aleutians, and six of these occur on only one or a few islands.
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Last Updated: Jun 12, 2014