Alaska Region
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Grand Prize Poster Winner: Erin Ahsoak, Aleknagik
Grand Prize Poster Winner: Erin Ahsoak, Aleknagik
2020 Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest
April 16, 2020

The Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest is a state-wide poster and literature competition. The purpose of the contest is to encourage local students to learn about bird conservation. K-12 students (public, private or home-schooled) residing in or adjacent to the North Slope Borough and the following National Wildlife Refuges: Yukon Delta, Togiak, Izembek, Alaska Maritime, Alaska Peninsula/Becharof, Selawik, Innoko, Tetlin, Kodiak, Koyukuk/Nowitna. Thank you to eveyone that participated and assisted in this years competition for the 2020 calendar. Read more


Red Knot by Luke Decicco
Red Knot by Luke Decicco/USFWS
Alaska Shorebird Conservation Plan
April 12, 2019

Arctic-nesting shorebirds are among the most evocative creatures on our planet. Their tenacity while breeding in harsh northern environments, their spectacular concentrations, prodigious long-distance migrations, and the athletic grace of their aerial acrobatics inspire awe and appreciation. These wonders, however, are in jeopardy. Fifty percent of the shorebird species in Alaska are declining. The Alaska Shorebird Group, which includes representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous partners, recently released version III of the Alaska Shorebird Conservation Plan that identifies priority actions to stem these declines and conserve shorebirds that breed in Alaska for future generations. Learn more


Best of Show 2019 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp
Best of Show 2019 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp
2019 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp
April 5, 2019

Congratulations to Alain Soltys-Gray, 15, of Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, who took top honors in the 2019 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Contest with a painting of a harlequin duck. A panel of five judges chose Alain’s artwork out of the 341 entries from across the state to represent Alaska in the National National Junior Duck Stamp Contest that will be held on April 19 at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland.

Best of Show Conservation Message went to Arianna Csech, 17, also of Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, for her thoughtful words “Ducks are beautiful like art. We need to protect their world art museum.”

For complete contest results visit Junior Duckstamp Conservation Program

Birders in tundra gear.  Photo credit: L. Hupp/USFWS
Birders in tundra gear.
Credit:L. Hupp/USFWS
Date set for 2nd Annual Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Festival
March 20, 2019

Birds that travel from afar can help remind us that even remote places affect us more than we realize. Mark your calendar to join us from September 23rd to September 27th for the 2nd Annual Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Festival.  Let's celebrate the birds that bring us closer to the Arctic. We are all interconnected.

Art Work. Credit: USFWS
Art work Credit:USFWS
4th Annual Art in the Arctic
March 13, 2019

This year’s show celebrated how public lands are open to everyone to use and enjoy. Hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, river-floating, photography – just a few examples of activities we can all pursue on Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges. The exhibit will remain on display for the remainder of the month at VENUE located at 514 2nd Avenue Fairbanks, Alaska.



Science Woman Heather Wilson. Photo Credit: USFWS
Science Woman - Heather Wilson. Credit:USFWS
Woman in Science
March 4, 2019

Meet some of the amazing women of the Alaska U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, dedicated to conservation and education. Read on how they got interested in conservation or what's their favorite thing about working for the Service.  





Kodiak Brown Bear Photo credit: L. Hupp/USFWS
Kodiak Brown Bear Credit: L. Hupp/USFWS
What's big and brown and loves salmon?
March 1, 2019

Every year, people from all over the world travel to Kodiak for a hopeful glimpse into the world of this magnificent creature...bears. They are famous for their size, unique in their location, and legendary in myth and imagination. Thousands of Kodiak brown bears call Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago home, roaming the rugged mountains, fishing the salmon streams, and feasting on berries each summer and fall. 

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