U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service


Fire Update: Kenai National Wildlife Refuge/Kenai Peninsula Travel

UPDATE (September 5, 2019): Camp Fire Restrictions Lifted For Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Chugach National Forest, and Kenai Fjords National ParkWith the recent rain and the resulting reduction in fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, effective immediately all campfire and fire restrictions for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Fjords National Park, and Chugach National Forest lands on the Kenai Peninsula are lifted.

Arctic Youth Ambassador Program Elevates Alaska's Next Generation of Leaders

The Arctic Youth Ambassador program, a collaboration between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and nonprofit partner Alaska Geographic, is a training and leadership development program for young Alaskans. Initiated to coincide with the U.S. position as chair of the Arctic Council from 2015–2017, the program was conceived as a way to develop the next generation of leaders and raise awareness of life in Alaska’s Arctic region.  Read more


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.

6 Epic Adventures on Alaska Refuges

Between now and National Wildlife Refuges Week in October we'll be developing the “Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Playlist" – a showcase of epic public recreation opportunities on our 16 refuges. Similar to the magazine-style bucket lists you see in magazines, the trips in our Playlist will help inspire and connect people to our magnificent places and wildlife. The first six are out now and we will be promoting and displaying them in different ways in the coming weeks.

Commemorating the Battle of Attu

May 2018 marks the 75th anniversary of the battles of Attu. The Service and partners are commemorating the Battle of Attu, World War II in the Aleutians, and the sacrifices of the Alaska Native Unangax^ people. Attu has gone full circle from national wildlife refuge before the war, to battlefield, and now it's back to birds - providing wildlife habitat as part of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. Working together to heal the land, fish and wildlife; veterans, survivors, and descendants can heal by connecting to nature and families can heal by telling their stories.

Winter in the Heart of Alaska

he heart of Alaska is dark for most of the day at the height of winter. From early November to early February, Fairbanks has fewer than seven hours of sunlight a day. On the winter solstice in late December, Fairbanks has 3 hours 41 minutes of sunlight. In Alaska’s northernmost city, the sun sets in mid-November and doesn’t rise until mid-January.

Extremely cold and long, people and wildlife live here in hard winter conditions many would find difficult to imagine.

"Welcome to Alaska"

Nestled within the Tanana River Valley, the abundant wetlands and forests of the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge welcome thousands of birds and people crossing the border into Alaska each year. The Refuge Visitor Center is often the first place visitors to Alaska encounter when driving into the state. Two of the first people to welcome them are Cora Demit and Sylvia Pitka, Refuge employees and residents of the nearby village of Northway.