Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

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  • Land Exchange/Road Corridor EIS

    Land Exchange/Road Corridor EIS

    The Record of Decision has been issued for Land Exchange/Road Corridor Final Environmental Impact Statement.

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  • Refuge Photo Gallery

    Refuge Gallery

    This remote refuge is home to some of the most amazing wildlife and scenery in the world. See more.

    Izembek Flickr Photos

  • Sand Point Culture Camp

    Refuge Supports Sand Point Kids Camp

    For the past 13 years the USFWS has partnered with the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe to serve Unangan youth.

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Refuge Highlights

Biologists Dive Into Eelgrass Monitoring at Izembek Lagoon

Biological Technician James Smith displays a starfish

In collaboration with United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, biologists at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) conducted intensive monitoring of eelgrass beds located in Izembek Lagoon.

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Refuge Highlights

Refuge's Annual Christmas Bird Count Delivers a Fun Day in the Field


By sunrise on December 18, 2014, the Cold Bay Christmas Bird Count was underway as several students and Izembek staff donned their binoculars and bird field guides and headed out on the refuge. Students from the Cold Bay School assisted Izembek Staff with conducting nearly eighty percent of the local count. The students had the opportunity to test out high powered optical equipment while observing many different bird species. They also learned the importance of keeping accurate records and detailed notes. Members of the community completed the remainder of the count and volunteered several hours of their day to make observations in critical areas around town.

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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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