U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Conservation

2018 Alaska Seabird Die-off

Beginning in May 2018, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) began receiving reports of dead and dying seabirds from the northern Bering and southern Chukchi seas. This event continues and now includes the Pribilof Islands and the northern Gulf of Alaska. Coastal communities have counted hundreds of dead seabirds that include: murres, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets, and puffins.

2019 Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest

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/Innoko.

2018 Alaska Jr. Duck Stamp Contest

Congratulations to Audrey Schick, 17, of Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, who took top honors in the 2018 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Contest with a painting of a canvasback duck. A panel of five judges chose Audrey’s artwork out of the 196 entries from across the state to represent Alaska in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest that will be held on April 20 in Bismarck, North Dakota.

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.

Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest

Congratulations to Veronica Salter, 17, of Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, who took top honors in the 2017 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Contest with a painting of fulvous whistling ducks. Veronica also won the Best of Show in the Conservation Message competition with her thoughtful message: “We conserve not only to protect what has been in the past, but to benefit what will be in the future.” A panel of five judges chose Veronica's artwork out of the 106 entries from across the state to represent Alaska in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest that will be held on April 21st.