NOTICE: Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council Spring 2024 Meeting is May 22-23, 2024
The AMBCC Spring 2024 meeting is scheduled for Wednesday-Thursday, May 22-23, 2024, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Agenda

NOTICE: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced in the Federal Register that the Kodiak Island Roaded Area experimental season for subsistence migratory bird hunting and egg gathering by registration permit has been extended for 1 year. Permits can be can be obtained from the Sun'aq Tribe of Kodiak.

Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC)

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Fish & Game, and Alaska Native representatives from each of the 10 subsistence regions in Alaska have worked collaboratively since 2000 to co-manage the spring and summer migratory bird subsistence harvest season. The primary purpose of the AMBCC is to conserve and respect the relationship we all share with migratory birds through development of annual harvest recommendations, assessment and reporting of subsistence harvest, and statewide outreach. ABMCC is designed for direct involvement by Alaska Native peoples and other qualified individuals living and subsisting in the many remote communities within Alaska. The Executive Director is an Alaska Native partner funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This is an individual whose leadership can efficiently tackle problems and profoundly address complex issues that are outside the realm of normal Federal functions. Conservation and collaboration are helping us achieve great things together.

History and Establishment of AMBCC

FAQs about the AMBCC

Submit a Regulation Proposal for Spring/Summer Subsistence Harvest of Migratory Birds

The AMBCC logo incorporates the drawing of a Yup’ik mask by Alaska artist Katie Curtis from Toksook Bay. Some people refer to this drawing as “The Goose Mask.” The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service commissioned this drawing in the late 1990s during the process of creating the AMBCC. An actual mask was not carved. The original drawing is black and white; the colors used here were added in 2009 when new outreach materials were produced for the AMBCC subsistence harvest survey. The choice of colors was based on historical and current Yup’ik artwork. Katie Curtis was consulted during this process and agreed with the use of the colors. The mask depicts a Canada goose surrounded by 8 feathers. The feathers represent the 8 steps to implement a legal, regulated spring subsistence bird hunt:

  1. Notify people of the intent to form management bodies;
  2. Meet to share ideas;
  3. Send out ideas and listen;
  4. Choose the form of management bodies;
  5. Start rule-making;
  6. Recommend rules for Alaska;
  7. Link with management in other U.S. flyways; and
  8. Link with the nation.

Since its inception, this new regulatory framework has been designed to promote true collaboration among a diversity of stakeholders as cultures intermingle in the history of wildlife management and conservation in Alaska.

Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council Members

AMBCC - Executive Director

Patty Schwalenberg
6450 Andover Circle
Anchorage, AK 99516
Tel: 907/301-1474; Email:

Association of Village Council Presidents (Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Region)

Martin Andrew c/o Jennifer Hooper
P.O. Box 219
Bethel, AK 99559
Tel: 907/543-7471; Email:

Bristol Bay Native Association (Bristol Bay Region)

Gayla Hoseth
P.O. Box 310
Dillingham, AK 99576
Tel: 907/842-6252; Email:

Chugach Regional Resources Commission (Gulf of Alaska Region)

Priscilla Evans
P.O. Box 8028
Nanwalek, AK 99603
Tel: 907/281-2274; Email:

Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (Upper Copper River Region)

Gloria Stickwan (Acting)
P.O. Box 649
Glennallen, AK 99588
Tel: 907/822-3476; Email:

Kawerak, Inc. (Bering Straits/Norton Sound Region)

Jack Fagerstrom c/o Charles Menadelook
P.O. Box 948
Nome, AK 99672
Tel: 907/443-4265; Email:

Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Assoc. (Aleutian/Pribilof Islands Region)

Peter Devine, c/o Karen Pletnikoff
1131 East International Airport Rd.
Anchorage, AK 99518
Tel: 907/222-4286;

Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak (Kodiak Archipelago Region)

Coral Chernoff
312 Marine Way
Kodiak, AK 99615
Tel: 907/512-6082; Email:

Maniilaq Assoc. (Northwest Arctic Region)

Cyrus Harris

PO Box 256
Kotzebue, AK 99752
Tel: 907/442-7914; Email:

North Slope Borough (North Slope Region)

Taqulik Hepa
P.O. Box 69
Barrow, AK 99723

Tel: 907/852-0350; Email:

Tanana Chiefs Conference (Interior Region)

Randy Mayo
P.O. Box 74319
Fairbanks, AK 99707
Tel: 907/978-1670; Email:

Alaska Native Caucus Chair

Randy Mayo
P.O. Box 70866
Fairbanks, AK 99707
Tel: 907/699-2128;  Email:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Wendy Loya
USFWS Migratory Bird Management Program
1011 East Tudor Road, MS 201
Anchorage, Alaska 99503-6199
Tel: 907/227-2942; Email:

Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Ryan Scott
1255 W. 8th Street
Juneau, AK 99802
Tel: 907/465-4191; Email:

Spring-Summer Migratory Bird Harvest 2024 -FONSI

This document reviews the proposed action of opening the spring-summer subsistence hunt for migratory birds for the year 2024.  There was a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) on nesting migratory birds or to the quality of the human environment according the National Enivronmental...

Alaska 2021 Seabird Die-off Fact Sheet.pdf

Information about seabird die-offs in Alaska during 2021.

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Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications, International Conservation, and Migratory Bird Management
Migratory Birds,
Science Applications
Additional Role(s)
Service Representative for Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council
Collaborative Conservation,
Strategic Science Planning