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Black Brant on Izembek Lagoon.  Photo Credit: Kristen Sowl/USFWS
Black Brant on Izembek Lagoon
Photo Credit: Kristen Sowl/USFWS
Snowbird no more?
March 3, 2017

Mild temperatuers and good eats keep Pacific brant at Izembek Lagoon in the winter. Most brant have historically flown south to the Pacific coast and Baja for the winter, but eelgrass beds to graze on attract them to the lagoon on Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Winter surveys by our biologists/pilots have been done annually since 1980, when the number of Pacific brant overwintering at Izembek began to increase. Since that time, the number of Pacific brant staying the winter in Izembek Lagoon and surrounding areas has steadily increased. Between 2011 and 2017, there has been an average of more than 45,000 birds (30% of the population) counted during the mid-winter surveys.

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Emperor Goose.  Photo Credit: Tim Bowman/USFWS
Emperor Goose
Photo Credit: Tim Bowman/USFWS
Federal Subsistence Harvest of Emperor Geese Proposed for First Time in 30 Years
February 10, 2017 

Following decades of conservation, proposed regulations for the 2017 spring/summer subsistence migratory bird season include opening a harvest for emperor geese. “We are excited that eligible Alaskans will be able to harvest emperor geese once again. We would also like to remind everyone that the emperor goose is still a sensitive population and the effort to conserve these birds will need to continue into the future.” said Gayla Hoseth.


Fall colors frame the Canning River.  Photo Credit: Katrina Liebich/USFWS
Fall colors frame the Canning River.
Photo Credit: Katrina Liebich/USFWS

Ancient Waters Give Fish Life in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
February 3, 2017

When woolly mammoths still roamed Earth, rain and snow fell on the south side of Alaska’s Brooks Range. Those same waters are now entering frozen rivers on Alaska’s North Slope via a small number of perennial springs. These ancient waters hold the key to survival for several amazing fish species including salmon-sized Dolly Varden in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge/ USFWS
Koyukuk National Wildlife Refuge
Voices of the Wilderness - Artist-in-Residence
January 27, 2017

Are you an artist who loves being in the wilderness? This opportunity may be for you. Recognizing that today’s artists continue to link people to the land, the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U. S. Forest Service and National Park Service are sponsoring Voices of the Wilderness a chance to see some of Alaska’s wildest and most scenic areas. You are paired with a wilderness specialist and will be actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education. This is a a unique opportunity and as an artist-in-residence, you will experience the wilderness like few others. Read more on this opportunity and details for your application.


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