Seabirds depend on the world’s oceans for food and spend most of their lives at sea. The seas bordering Alaska (Arctic Ocean, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska, and north Pacific Ocean) produce large amounts of food and seabirds from all over the world come to partake in these productive marine feeding grounds.
Tens of millions of seabirds nest on Alaska's coast each summer, by far the most of any other state due the length of Alaska's coastline (46,000 miles, including 9,900 miles along National Wildlife Refuges) and the presence of many cliffs and islands that provide protected habitat. Alaska’s seabird breeding colonies—and National Wildlife Refuges—offer some of the most amazing spectacles and viewing opportunities in the world. The soaring cliffs of St. George Island alone host one of the largest seabird colonies in the northern hemisphere with a staggering 2+ million birds.