UPDATE (September 5, 2019): Camp Fire Restrictions Lifted For Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Chugach National Forest, and Kenai Fjords National Park. With 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.
Pacific walruses have hauled out on a barrier island near Point Lay, Alaska. The Native Village of Point Lay, the Eskimo Walrus Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service respectfully ask those who travel in the area to help prevent stampedes by maintaining their distance. Guidance for pilots and mariners has been developed. Learn more
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
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.
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.
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.