Alaska Region
Conserving the Nature of America
Migratory Bird Calendar Grand Priize Poster Winner
Migratory Bird Calendar Art Contest Winners Among Youngest Ever
November 29, 2016

Designed to educate rural Alaskans about Alaska’s migratory bird populations and how residents can participate in helping with bird management, every month of the calendar contains messages about migratory bird conservation along with the children’s art. The calendar is distributed free to over 100 villages in rural Alaska and hangs in offices and kitchens for entire families to learn about migratory bird populations. Calendars are available at your local school and from your nearest National Wildlife Refuge.

Dillingham fifth grader Ellie Hink and Kobuk kindergartener Reggie Wood were this year’s grand prize winners and are among the youngest ever.

Katrina Liebich
Congratulations Katrina!!
Sense of Wonder Award Winner
November 28, 2016

Katrina Liebich was recognized for her outstanding coordination and collaboration efforts to connect Alaskans and all Americans to fish and aquatic species conservation programs.  She continually finds innovative ways to communicate the science of fisheries management with enthusiasm and relevance to her diverse audiences, with great success. Read more...

To see more of her creative work, including videos, check out the Fisheries and Habitat Facebook page.


Group Photo of RITs in 2016
Alaska Refuge Information Technicians
November 9, 2016

The Alaska Refuge Information Technicians (RITs) Program on Alaska’s National Wildlife Refuges allows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to locally hire and employ Alaska Native peoples who know and understand their own communities. The RITs work part-time in approximately 100 communities across Alaska to provide a physical and cultural bridge to the local residents on or near Refuges.  They are teachers to the USFWS staff and managers, Native language translators at agency and community meetings, resident advisors of hunting and fishing rules, species biology technicians, and outreach professionals. 

Polar Bear image. Photo Credit: Eric Reegehr/USFWS
Polar Bear Management
November 8, 2016

A 60 day public comment period has been opened as part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s ongoing effort to engage with Alaska Native tribes, organizations, corporations, and the public on efforts to co-manage the subsistence harvest of polar bears in the United States. This initiative is part of a broader effort to ensure that polar bears, threatened by a loss of sea ice habitat in a warming Arctic, persist in the wild and that Alaska Native traditional subsistence practices continue into the future.

“Alaska Native communities have co-existed with the polar bears for millennia, and the Service recognizes Alaska Natives as a key partner in polar bear conservation,” said Greg Siekaniec, Regional Director for the Alaska Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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