U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

September 2018

Arctic Refuge Virtual Festival of Birds

Every year, thousands of birds fly to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for the summer to breed, brood, and rest. More than 200 species make this journey. For the first time ever, on September 24-28, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and partners take you deep into the nation’s largest refuge, one of the most important sites for birds anywhere on the planet, for a virtual bird festival to celebrate these intrepid travelers.

Big Visitors, Big Challenge

The elders in Point Lay, a small Inupiaq village in the northwest reaches of Alaska, remember a time when the Arctic sea ice and the animals that depend on it followed reliable patterns. In particular, they tell of a time when only a handful of Pacific walruses visited the shores of the barrier island just beyond their community.