U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

March 2018

Winter in the Heart of Alaska

he 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.

Refuge Manager of the Year

The Paul Kroegel Refuge Manger of the Year Award is an honor bestowed to an individual who exeplifies leadership and integrity when promoting the Service's mission within and beyond Refuge boundaries. Kenai's Andy Loranger has been named the "Refuge Manager of the Year" by the National Wildlife Refuge Association!  He is a visionary, an innovator, and a trusted advisor for fellow conservation partners, community leaders, Alaska Natives, and his staff when it comes to conserving Alaska’s critically important landscape.

Annual Federal Subsistence Migratory Bird Harvest Opens, April 2nd

The annual spring/summer federal subsistence migratory bird harvest regulations for 2018 will take effect on April 2.

These regulations allow for the continuation of customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds in Alaska and prescribe regional information on when and where the harvesting of birds may occur. These regulations were developed under a co- management process involving the Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and Alaska Native representatives.