U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

2020 Alaska Migratory Bird Calendar Contest

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: Yukon Delta, Togiak, Izembek, Alaska Maritime, Alaska Peninsula/Becharof, Selawik, Innoko, Tetlin, Kodiak, Koyukuk/Nowitna. Thank you to eveyone that participated and assisted in this years competition for the 2020 calendar.

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.

2019 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp

Congratulations to Alain Soltys-Gray, 15, of Thunder Mountain High School in Juneau, who took top honors in the 2019 Alaska Junior Duck Stamp Contest with a painting of a harlequin duck. A panel of five judges chose Alain’s artwork out of the 341 entries from across the state to represent Alaska in the National National Junior Duck Stamp Contest that will be held on April 19 at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland.

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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