Highly pathogenic avian influenza & other frequently asked bird health questions

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in both domestic and wild birds in Canada and the United States. The strain now present in North America has caused illness and death in waterfowl, shorebirds, gulls, and birds of prey. Birds that migrate to Alaska to nest and breed could be infected. Learn more including steps hunters can take to reduce infection risk and how to report observations/concerns. See also: Alaska Bird FAQ: if it's sick, abandoned, injured or dead

Yukon Flats Refuge is the nation’s third largest wildlife refuge. With the Brooks Range to the north and the jagged limestone peaks of the White Mountains to the south, this refuge encompasses the so-called "Yukon Flats" - a vast fire-dependent area of wetlands, forest, bog, and low-lying ground centered on the confluence of the Yukon, Porcupine, and T'eedriinjik (Chandalar) rivers. The Flats are a critical waterfowl breeding ground due to the large area of wetland provided by the estimated 40,000 small lakes and streams in the area. The refuge also encompasses the section of the Yukon River that serves as a key breeding ground for Alaska's only endemic fish, the Bering Cisco. For thousands of years, this area has been—and continues as—a homeland for Gwich’in and Koyukon Athabascan people.

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      Yukon Flats Changing Environment

      Major themes include warmer temperatures, especially in winter; thawing permafrost and changing plants; lake drying and changing water conditions; more frequent large wildfires; and arrival of more southern wildlife species  

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