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    Land Exchange/Road Corridor EIS

    The Record of Decision has been issued for Land Exchange/Road Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement.

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    This remote refuge is home to some of the most amazing wildlife and scenery in the world. See more.

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    Refuge Supports Sand Point Kids Camp

    For the past 13 years the USFWS has partnered with the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe to serve Unangan youth.

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Refuge News

Wilderness Act Turns 50!

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2014 is the year to celebrate wilderness.64 of the 551 national wildlife refuges contain Wilderness Areas. Refuge wilderness holds some of our nation’s most treasured landscapes and wildlife. Izembek refuge has a total of 307,982 acres of designated wilderness within it's borders.

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Refuge Highlights

Refuge's Annual Christmas Bird Count Delivers a Fun Day in the Field


By sunrise on December 18, 2014, the Cold Bay Christmas Bird Count was underway as several students and Izembek staff donned their binoculars and bird field guides and headed out on the refuge. Students from the Cold Bay School assisted Izembek Staff with conducting nearly eighty percent of the local count. The students had the opportunity to test out high powered optical equipment while observing many different bird species. They also learned the importance of keeping accurate records and detailed notes. Members of the community completed the remainder of the count and volunteered several hours of their day to make observations in critical areas around town.

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About the NWRS

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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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Refuge Highlights

  • Archery Program hits a Bull's Eye

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    Kenai Refuge's visiting Law Enforcement Officer and other refuge staff provided an interactive archery course in King Cove.

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  • Seasonal Employees--Short Duration with Immense Impact

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    For the Summer of 2014, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge attracted two exceptional technicians to assist staff in completing a tremendous variety of projects from June-October. Biologist Ron Deroche significantly bolstered the refuge's high-intensity Biology Program headed by Stacey Lowe.

  • Refuge Upgrades its Aerial Wings


    June was a great month for Izembek NWR as it was fortunate to replace a 2-person Super Cub plane with a 4-person Found Bushawk plane (tail number N798). The addition of N798 will allow the refuge to operate more efficiently, and more importantly, increase overall safety of operations.

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  • Slight decline detected in Tundra Swan nesting.

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    n mid-May refuge Pilot, Ken Richardson, and Wildlife Biologist, Stacey Lowe, conducted the annual Tundra Swan survey on Izembek and Pavlof Refuge Units. The annual survey is conducted to monitor population trends and distribution of nesting pairs on the refuge.

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Last Updated: Jan 26, 2015
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