Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you do the following:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Face masks are required in all federal buildings and on all federal lands.
  • Maintain a safe distance between yourself and other groups.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick


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    Great Gray Owl

    These owls prey mostly on small mammals that they can catch with the use of a keen sense of hearing.

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    Boreal Chickadee

    This is one of the smallest birds that live on Tetlin NWR all year. They survive by storing food for the lean times of winter.

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    White-Winged Crossbill

    This bird uses a crossed bill as a lever to pry open spruce cones. They can be found on the Refuge all year.

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    Spruce Grouse

    Spruce needles are the sole source of food for this bird during the winter. Rotating photos by Sara Germain

News and Events
Welcome to Alaska

Say Hello to Cora and Sylvia

Cora and Sylvia

Nestled within the Tanana River Valley, the abundant wetlands and forests of the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge welcome thousands of birds and people crossing the border into Alaska each year. The Refuge Visitor Center is often the first place visitors to Alaska encounter when driving into the state. You might even have the opportunity to meet Cora Demit and Sylvia Pitka, two refuge employees who grew up in the near by village of Northway.

Meet Cora and Sylvia

About the Refuge

A Natural Travel Corridor

Tetlin fall scenic overview

For countless generations, the Upper Tanana Valley at the east central edge of Alaska has served as a natural travel corridor - for wildlife, Native people, and explorers. Today the Alaska Highway brings visitors here, along the edge of the 700,000 acre Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge. Snowcapped mountains, glacier-fed rivers, forests, tundra and an abundance of wetlands are a haven for wildlife, especially migratory birds.

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.

Learn more about the NWRS