Birds

Parakeet Auklet photo by GregThomson, USFWS

Thousands of Islands, Millions of Birds


About 50 million seabirds nest along Alaska’s coast. Some 40 million of those nest on Alaska Maritime Refuge lands – more than found anywhere else in North America.  

The islands and coastal lands of the Alaska Maritime Refuge are bird magnets:

  • For seabirds whose only other home is the ocean.
  • For birds migrating along Asian routes and needing to rest and eat.
  • For birds that evolved on these remote islands and breed nowhere else (called endemic species).

Visit our Migratory Bird Management site and learn more about the birds of the Alaska Maritime Refuge under the  Alaska Seabird Information Series  and the Sea Duck Joint Venture for the Sea Duck Information Series.