Features

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    The Great Grey Owl

    The Great Grey is the largest species of owl. Known in some areas as The Phantom of the North, it preys on rodents and stays all year.

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    The Boreal Chickadee

    This tiny little bird flits around the tops of trees on the coldest of days. Its winter diet consists of seeds, insect eggs and pupae.

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    The White-tailed Crossbill

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

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    Spruce Grouse Hen

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

News and Events

Harvest of Fish and Shellfish

Federal Subsistence Management Regulations for the Harvest of Fish and Shellfish on Federal Public Lands and Waters in Alaska. Effective April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2019. Regulations are available online at

Subsistence Management

Federal Subsistence Caribou Hunt

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The 2017-18 Federal Subsistence Caribou Hunt opens October 1st on the Tetlin Refuge. The Refuge now open to smowmachines.

2017-2018 Winter Caribou Hunt

Fire Country

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Fire is an essential natural process that helps maintain the diversity of habitats at Tetlin Refuge. Please help prevent human-caused fires by keeping fires within fire rings.

More about Fire Management at Tetlin Refuge
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

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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

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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.

Learn more about the NWRS