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    The 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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    The 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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    The 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

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 FC1202


The winter caribou hunt on Tetlin NWR opens and closes by announcement by the refuge manager. Snowmachine use also opens and closes by announcement by the refuge manager. Qualified hunters must possess a federal FC1202 permit, which is available at the Refuge Office in Tok.

Fire Country

Black Hills Fire 2003 200w

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

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