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Tetlin Trivia


Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge was established to conserve waterfowl, raptors and other migratory birds, furbearers, moose, and caribou populations and their habitats.

• The parabolic dunes southeast of Northway are composed of wind-blown glacial flour; these are geological formations uncommon to interior Alaska.

• Tetlin Refuge, 682,604 acres, presents a stunning and varied landscape,ranging from rugged snowcapped peaks and glacially fed rivers to tundra, forest and wetlands.

• Situated along a major bird migration corridor, the Refuge hosts 160 migratory and 30 resident bird species (of which 126 breed on Tetlin) that return annually to breed. In the spring, thousands of songbirds, swans, ducks, geese, sandhill cranes and raptors funnel through the refuge.

• Refuge mountains, forest and tundra are inhabited by Dall sheep, moose, caribou, wolves, grizzly and black bear.

• The Refuge has an ever-increasing population of trumpeter swans, which have only been breeding in this region since 1982

• Favorite summer activities for Refuge visitors are bird and wildlife watching,interpretive programs, camping, sport fishing, and canoeing.

• As the easternmost Refuge in interior Alaska, Tetlin has bird species that are rare or absent elsewhere in the state, including red-winged blackbird, sharp-tailed grouse, and blue-winged teal.

• Tetlin Refuge is the first conservation unit visitors encounter when entering Alaska on the Alcan Highway.

• Both subsistence and sport hunters have the opportunity to hunt caribou, moose and waterfowl on the Refuge.

• Tetlin Refuge shares a common boundary with Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve and Kluane National Park in Canada, to form the world’s largest contiguous conservation unit.

• Since Tetlin is one of only two refuges in the state that are road accessible, visitors have many opportunities to enjoy and learn about it.

Last Updated: Apr 02, 2015
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