U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Fish & Wildlife

Alaska Shorebird Conservation Plan

Arctic-nesting shorebirds are among the most evocative creatures on our planet. Their tenacity while breeding in harsh northern environments, their spectacular concentrations, prodigious long-distance migrations, and the athletic grace of their aerial acrobatics inspire awe and appreciation. These wonders, however, are in jeopardy. Fifty percent of the shorebird species in Alaska are declining. The Alaska Shorebird Group, which includes representatives from the U.S.

What's big and brown and loves salmon?

Every year, people from all over the world travel to Kodiak for a hopeful glimpse into the world of this magnificent creature...bears. They are famous for their size, unique in their location, and legendary in myth and imagination. Thousands of Kodiak brown bears call Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago home, roaming the rugged mountains, fishing the salmon streams, and feasting on berries each summer and fall. 

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Canada Lynx

The Northwest Boreal Lynx Project is investigating the long distance movements of Canada lynx in relation to the 10-year snowshoe hare cycle. Lynx can and do move very LONG distances. An adult lynx can travel close to 1000 miles, swimming mighty rivers and climbing many mountains. They travel from Alaska all the way across Yukon Territory to Northwest Territories in Canada before deciding to return to Yukon. Why did they leave Alaska? How did they cross these mountains and rivers? What landscape features do they prefer? Where will they go next?

Alaska Wild Foods

There are a few things in life that connect us all---one of those things is food. People across the state and employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska generously share their experience harvesting, preparing and eating wild foods through stories, photos, and special recipes. 

Snowbird no more?

Mild temperatures and good eats keep Pacific brant at Izembek Lagoon in the winter. Most brant have historically flown south to the Pacific coast and Baja for the winter, but eelgrass beds to graze on attract them to the lagoon on Izembek National Wildlife Refuge. Winter surveys by our biologists/pilots have been done annually since 1980, when the number of Pacific brant overwintering at Izembek began to increase. Since that time, the number of Pacific brant staying the winter in Izembek Lagoon and surrounding areas has steadily increased.