Alaska is home to more than 470 species of birds which occur in a variety of different locations throughout the state. Most of these are migratory birds for which the Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible under international treaties and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Some of the birds stay in Alaska year 'round. Most migrate to Canada, Central America, South America, Asia, or the lower 48 United States. In fact, birds from Alaska pass through virtually every other state in the Union (even Hawaii) on the way to their wintering grounds. Maintaining migratory birds and their habitats in Alaska is clearly a matter of national and international significance.
To learn more about these different migratory birds, choose a section below:
Migratory Bird Management Division
Our office manages and studies loons, seabirds, waterfowl, raptors, shorebirds, and landbirds to help conserve migratory bird populations in Alaska. We also help administer several conservation grant programs that distribute funds to the State of Alaska and Alaskan tribes from Congressional appropriations or excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment. Our commitment towards developing diverse partnerships to more effectively manage and conserve wildlife populations is exemplified by our participation in the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council. You can read more about the Migratory Bird Management Program below.
Migratory Bird Treaty
The year 2016 marked the centennial for the Convention between the United States and Great Britain (for Canada) for the Protection of Migratory Birds (also called the Migratory Bird Treaty). The resulting Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, and three other treaties that followed, form the cornerstones of our efforts of conserve birds that migrate across international borders. Learn more about the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Centennial that was celebrated in 2016.
Avian Health & Disease
Want to learn more about the threats to the health of Alaska's bird population?
Need to report sick or dead wild birds?
Outreach & Education
There are a number of resources available to the public. To learn about Duck Stamps, Bird Festivals, and other events, contents and activities, click below.
Looking for Permits?
The following websites provide information to many of the commonly asked questions of our office.
Migratory Bird Rehabilitation
What do I do if I found a sick, injured, or baby bird?
What should I do if I find an injured bird?
To report sick or dead birds
Migratory Bird Diseases
Where would I find information on West Nile Virus (WNV)?
- National Center for Disease Control
- Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
- Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Health Pages
- Alaska Department of Environmental
Where would I find information on Exotic Newcastles Disease (END)?
Bird Strike Hazards
Why to birds hit windows -- And how you can help prevent it?
Visit the following sites for more information on migratory birds.
- National Migratory Bird Management
- Alaska Department of Fish and Game
- Alaska Migratory Bird Co-management Council
- U.S. Geological Science Center - Alaska Science Center
- Audubon Alaska
- Pacific Birds
- Pacific Flyway Council