Refuge Highlights

Refuge visitors contribute to Alaska’s economy

Visitors to Arctic Refuge, from across the state, the nation, and the world, contributed more than $29 million to Alaska’s local and state economies in 2017 (most recent year data is available).

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Calling Artists...

Artist applications for the 5th annual Art in the Arctic Art Show are now being accepted. This annual Art Show is held each year in Fairbanks, Alaska. The Show celebrates three of the northernmost National Wildlife Refuges, all based in Fairbanks, Alaska: Arctic, Kanuti, and Yukon Flats Refuges. The scale, expanse, and wildness of Alaska’s Refuges distinguish them from most other Refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System. This year’s show celebrates the marvels of migratory birds. For both experienced and novice bird watchers, National Wildlife Refuges across the country are wonderful places to observe birds in their natural habitat. Through art, we will highlight the plethora of bird species that utilize Alaska’s northern National Wildlife Refuges. Applications for the 5th annual Art in the Arctic Art Show will be accepted until November 15, 2019.

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Arctic Bird Festival

virtual bird fest poster 2019

We are all interconnected. Birds that travel from afar can help remind us that even remote places affect us more than we realize. Let's celebrate the birds that bring us closer to the Arctic. #ArcticBirdFest

Bird Festival

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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