Science

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The refuge biological program is almost as diverse as the resources found on the Yukon Flats. Each year, much time and effort are expended on inventorying and monitoring the resources on the refuge. Because there are more than 11 million acres within the refuge boundaries, there are still regions about which we know little. Much of the scientific focus has been on the Yukon Flats waterfowl-production area, a vast array of important wetland habitats at the heart of the refuge. We have also focused studies on other habitats, fire, moose, black bears, songbirds, waterbirds, and fish. We collaborate with other agencies, non-government organizations, universities, and the public in planning and implementing the station’s biological program.

  • Inventory and Monitoring

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    Annual species surveys and research activities are essential to ensure that management decisions are as informed and effective as possible. Recent biological activities on the refuge include monitoring water bird and trumpeter swan breeding, surveying scoter and scaup populations, conducting Bald Eagle nest surveys, and monitoring moose and Dall Sheep populations

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  • Additional Scientific Research

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    The Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge protects a large, natural and diverse ecosystem which provides an excellent living laboratory for scientific research. Staff members cooperate with universities, graduate students, and other state, federal and private agencies to study fish, wildlife and habitats.

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