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Sunrise and walrus new Cape Lisburne
Sunrise and walrus near Cape Lisburne.
U.S. Attorney’s Office and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service support sentencing recommendations from Tribe
April 20, 2017 

Four Point Hope residents were sentenced in United States Magistrate Court in Fairbanks, for charges stemming from their involvement in the illegal taking of walruses near Cape Lisburne, Alaska in September of 2015. The court accepted sentencing recommendations from the tribal government, Native Village of Point Hope, with concurrence of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Office of Law Enforcement for the Alaska Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The men were charged for two separate 2015 incidents at Cape Lisburne, Alaska in which several walruses were shot and only the ivory was salvaged. In addition, the actions of the men caused stampedes which killed or injured up to two dozen or more additional walruses. News Release

Winter adventurers express their appreciaiton for the winter visitor center in Coldfoot, Alaska. Photo Credit: USFWS
Best of Show Artwork- Veronica Salter
Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
April 13, 2017

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.

For complete contest results visit Junior Duckstamp Conservation Program.

Winter adventurers express their appreciation for the winter visitor center in Coldfoot, Alaska. Photo Credit: USFWS
Winter adventurers express their appreciation for the winter visitor center in Coldfoot, Alaska.
Photo Credit: USFWS
Blazing Trails for Winter Adventures in Alaska
April 12, 2017 

Blazing trails isn’t just about being out in the wilderness. It’s about finding creative ways to connect people to the wonderful wild places of Kanuti Refuge. In the past few years, the staff, along with partners, blazed a special trail? providing winter-time visitor services in remote Coldfoot, Alaska.

Today, the term refers to breaking new ground or doing something with a pioneering spirit. It’s that pioneering spirit that is both fed by and helps protect Alaska’s unique wilderness and places like the Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge. Read more

Grand Prize Poster Winner
Grand Prize Poster Winner - Kara Norton from Kotzebue
Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest - 2018
April 4, 2017 

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: Arctic, Yukon Delta, Togiak, Izembek, Alaska Peninsula/Becharof, Alaska Maritime, Selawik, Innoko, Tetlin, Kodiak, Koyukuk/Nowitna/Innoko. Thank you to eveyone that participated and assisted in this years competion for the 2018 calendar. Read more

Emperor Goose.  Photo Credit: Lisa Hupp/USFWS
Emperor Goose. Photo Credit: Lisa Hupp/USFWS
Annual Federal Subsistence Migratory Bird Harvest Opens, April 2nd
March 31, 2017

The annual spring/summer federal subsistence migratory bird harvest regulations for 2017 will take effect on April 2. The regulations include a season for emperor goose, following decades of conservation.

“I would like to thank all subsistence users for their conservation efforts over the past 30 years,” said Patty Schwalenberg, Executive Director of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council. Their conservation commitment to the emperor goose and their willingness to share indigenous knowledge with federal and state managers has greatly contributed to making this opening possible.” News Release


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