Birds are sensitive during the nesting season. Vegetation clearing, ground disturbance, heavy wake near shorelines and other site construction and recreational activities can destroy eggs or nestlings or cause nest abandonment. If you encounter an active nest, leave it be and give it space until young hatch and depart the area. Do not destroy eggs, chicks, or adults of wild bird species. Learn about the laws that govern migratory birds in Alaska including possible exceptions for subsistence gathering. More information on avoiding waterbird harassment and timing recommendations for construction activities to minimize impacts to nesting birds.

Welcome to our Southern Alaska Office! We have dedicated staff working with partners to conserve fish and wildlife via habitat restoration and conservation, fish assessment and management, technical assistance, cost-sharing, funding, and outreach.

About Us

The Southern Alaska Fish and Wildlife Field Office is composed of two offices, the Anchorage Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office and the Kenai Fish and Wildlife Conservation Field Office. Our staff work in an area that stretches from the from Southeast Alaska up through the Copper River Delta east of Cordova, north to the Alaska Range, and west through central and western Alaska, including the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Bristol Bay, and Aleutian Islands. This area is home to seven federally endangered and threatened species, a wealth of wild fish, migratory birds, and mammals (including northern sea otters and Pacific walrus).

Our team of technical experts includes biologists and biological technicians, fisheries managers, a civil engineer and engineer tech, hydrologist, and contract specialists. Thanks to this team, we are able to complete our own in-house fish passage fish passage
Fish passage is the ability of fish or other aquatic species to move freely throughout their life to find food, reproduce, and complete their natural migration cycles. Millions of barriers to fish passage across the country are fragmenting habitat and leading to species declines. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Fish Passage Program is working to reconnect watersheds to benefit both wildlife and people.

Learn more about fish passage
 designs and provide technical assistance across a large swath of Alaska. 

What We Do

We work with partners towards a connected network of lands and waters in Alaska that support diverse, self-sustaining populations of wild, native fish that exhibit their natural variability in abundance, genetics, and life history. We provide technical assistance and funding/cost-share opportunities for habitat conservation through our Fish Passage, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, and Coastal Programs. We also work to reduce and eliminate threats to threatened and endangered species, marine mammals, migratory bird, and other wildlife.  

Butterfly rests on tall flowering plant.

The purpose of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is to provide a means to conserve the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend and provide a program for the conservation of such species. The ESA directs all federal agencies to participate in conserving these species....

A bird nest with three chicks in it.

Birds are most sensitive during breeding and nesting, when vegetation clearing, ground disturbance, and other site construction activities can destroy active bird nests, eggs, or nestlings. The most effective way to protect nesting birds is to conduct these activities before or after the...

Two brown birds and one birds with a white and green head and orange bill rest on the water.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides technical assistance to help reduce human vessel interactions with avian species listed under U.S. Endangered Species Act and the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.

Birds flying in the marine environment are not expecting to encounter vertical structures...

The wetlands of the Yukon Delta

In anticipation of substantial expansion of broadband capability in Alaska, the Alaska Region of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has compiled Best Management Practices (BMPs) for project proponents to consider early in the planning and project development process to avoid and minimize...

streambank with ferns

We provide funding and technical expertise for projects that restore and protect fish habitat. Examples of past successful projects include:

Bank stabilization using natural materials (like rootwads and cabled spruce trees) and bioengineering. Light-penetrating gratewalks, decks...
woman holding survey equipment

The National Fish Passage Program provides financial and technical assistance for projects that improve the ability of fish or other aquatic species to migrate by reconnecting habitat that has been fragmented by a barrier such as a dam or culvert. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists...

Dozens of silver fish swim over a rocky stream bed.

The National Fish Habitat Partnership is a national investment strategy designed to maximize the impact of conservation dollars on the ground. Funds are leveraged through regional partnerships to address the nation’s biggest fish habitat challenges and projects are identified and completed...

Our Organization

A rocky shoreline of a river. The water is calm. Mist and green branches line the river.
The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
Juvenile Northern Pike in aquarium at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery, South Dakota
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
Gathering of Puffins on brown rock
The Coastal Program is one of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most effective resources for restoring and protecting fish and wildlife habitat on public and privately-owned lands. We play an important role in promoting the Service’s mission and priorities, delivering landscape-scale...
A person is walks through a large wide culvert that passes under a gravel road. A small river runs through the culvert.
Across the country, millions of barriers are fragmenting rivers, blocking fish migration, and putting communities at higher risk to flooding. Improving fish passage is one of the most effective ways to help conserve vulnerable species while building safer infrastructure for communities and...
Partners for Fish and Wildlife: Nevada Coordinator Susan Abele Meets with Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Member to Conduct a Site Visit at Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides free technical and financial assistance to landowners, managers, tribes, corporations, schools and nonprofits interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land. Since 1987, we have helped more than 30,000 landowners to complete more than 50,...
A view of the Sacramento River. Its flat, blue water is lined by bright green trees and vegetation. Blue skies are overhead.
The National Fish Habitat Partnership is a comprehensive effort to treat the causes of fish habitat decline, not just the symptoms. The Partnership is a national investment strategy to maximize the impact of conservation dollars on the ground. Funds are leveraged through regional partnerships to...

Our Species

We work to conserve a variety of species, including anadromous fishes, migratory birds, Threatened and Endangered species, and pollinators. We also support efforts to detect, control and eradicate invasive species invasive species
An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

Learn more about invasive species

  • Aleutian shield fern
  • Alexander Archipelago wolf
  • Chinook salmon
  • Coho salmon
  • Northern Sea Otter
  • Steller's eider
  • Short-tailed albatross
  • Tufted puffin
  • Wood bison 

Projects and Research

Visit Us

We co-located at the Bureau of Land Management’s Campbell Tract Facility, a 730-acre forested area bisected by Campbell Creek that is home to salmon, moose, black bears, brown bears, lynx, coyotes, snowshoes hares, and myriad migratory birds and raptors. Summer brings endless hours to hike and mountain bike miles of trails, or birdwatch. In winter, this is a great place to snowshoe, fat-tire bike, or cross-country ski. Our seasons offer endless outdoor opportunities. Here you can experience the midnight sun during summer and the northern lights during winter.

Our Library

salmon and char swimming over bedrock
Fisheries Data Series and Technical Data Series Reports from Alaska.

Location and Contact Information