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Arctic Bird Festival

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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.

Bird Festival

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: The First 50, An Historic Symposium

"The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge 50th Anniversary Historic Symposium" was presented in 2011, and the Symposium Transactions are now available here. For three days symposium participants explored and discussed the history, science, and uniqueness of Arctic Refuge. Highlights included a fascinating conversation with Arctic refuge managers, including the legendary Ave Thayer; the Voices of the South’s play "Wild Legacy," with George Schaller and Bob Krear, two characters in the play, actually in the audience; a screening of the film "America’s Wildest Refuge: Discovering the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge;" and a visit from Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States. The Symposium Transactions capture the spirit and scholarship of this seminal event.

Transactions for Arctic Refuge 50th Symposium
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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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