March 12, 2018
The heart of Alaska is dark for most of the day at the height of winter. From early November to early February, Fairbanks has fewer than seven hours of sunlight a day. On the winter solstice in late December, Fairbanks has 3 hours 41 minutes of sunlight. In Alaska’s northernmost city, the sun sets in mid-November and doesn’t rise until mid-January.
Extremely cold and long, people and wildlife live here in hard winter conditions many would find difficult to imagine. Read more
February 23, 2018
Winter in Alaska is long, cold and, at its height, dark. It's extreme, but has a distinct beauty all its own. Brittany Sweeney, an employee with Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, has lived in northwest Alaska and worked at the refuge for eight years. Here are a few of her impressions of winter along the Arctic Circle.
January 30, 2018
The Management Board of the Arctic Council's Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) Working Group will be meeting the first week of February in Fairbanks, Alaska. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service coordinates U.S. engagement in the CAFF Working Group. Participants will included representatives from all Arctic Council countries (Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, the Russian Federation and the United States), Arctic indigenous communities (also called Permanent Participants) including several representing Alaska native communities, and Observer countries and organizations. Experts from across the U.S. government and colleagues from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will also be joining the U.S. delegation to this meeting. A number of priority activities for the USFWS, and the broader U.S. government, will be discussed at this meeting, including Arctic migratory birds, invasive species, wetlands and monitoring, among others.
January 9, 2018
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the best law enforcement program in the world to fight illegal trade of wildlife and wildlife products. Chis Andrews and staff in the Import/Export Office aim to stop illegal animal products, and often live animals, from reaching their destinations, both in the U.S. and abroad.
Along with K-9 Dock and his handler, Wildlife Inspector Chad Hornbaker, the rest of the team find and seize prohibited wildlife products. They examine thousands of wildlife shipments a year where they find a surprising array of items being smuggled into the country. Dock has greatly increased the volume of packages that can be inspected at the port of Anchorage. In the time it takes a wildlife inspector to physically open and inspect one parcel, Dock can inspect 50.
To learn more about some of the items seized both here in Anchorage and around the U.S. check out the National Wildlife Property Repository website. You can also watch a video provided by U.S. Fish & Wildlife on the underground world of illegal trade.
Last updated: March 2018
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