U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Refuges

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.

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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Alaska Refuges Showcased on Television

Into Alaska, a new series highlighting Kenai and Kodiak National Wildlife Refuges is showing on Animal Planet. The 10-part series takes viewers deep into these spectacular refuges and shows some of the extraordinary challenges Service employees meet while they work to keep these stunning places wild and safe.  Tune in on Mondays at 5 p.m. to Animal Planet for the next episode. 

Big Visitors, Big Challenge

The elders in Point Lay, a small Inupiaq village in the northwest reaches of Alaska, remember a time when the Arctic sea ice and the animals that depend on it followed reliable patterns. In particular, they tell of a time when only a handful of Pacific walruses visited the shores of the barrier island just beyond their community.

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.

Connected to the Land, Wildlife and Waters

Making a home for people and wildlife. These natural places sustain our communities and contribute to the health and well-being of families. Nature’s Good Neighbors is a series of stories highlighting people who depend on the land as much as the land depends on them. Working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve and restore wildlife habitat for future generations, these modern-day stewards are working with nature to make a home for people and wildlife.

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.