Seasons of Wildlife
No matter the season, Alaska is a rugged and awe inspiring place. Wildlife abounds across the landscape in every season on the refuge.
Spring is heralded by massive flocks of migrating birds, descending on any open water. As ice recedes from rivers, beluga whales press upstream to devour smelt. Daylight hours are long and bright.Learn More
Summer on the refuge is our busiest season. All birds, fish, and mammals are out and about. Close behind them are scientists studying their habits, anglers trying to catch a couple of fish, and lone adventurers with cameras in hand. Learn More
A sight common before freeze up are Pacific walrus lounging on beaches in between fishing trips. Frost shifts leaf colors and turns the tundra radiant.Learn More
The frozen landscape may seem forbidding, but wildlife continues to thrive. Wolves track game in the snow. Ptarmigan and snowshoe hare blend into the background. Our biologists fly afield to continue their research.Learn More
Page Photo Credits Brown Bear in Refuge, Bret Greenheck/USFWS, Cranes in Flight, Bob Dreeszen, Angling at Ugashik Narrows, Julia Pinnix/USFWS, Hiking in Autumn Tundra, Bret Greenheck/USFWS, Wildlife Biologist Dom Watts in the Field, Jim Wittkop/USFWS
Last Updated: Feb 14, 2014