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

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.


  • CANCELED:  Walk for the Wildlife

    CANCELED: Walk for the Wild

    EVENT UPDATE! Recently, Alaskans have been asked to avoid activities that may increase the risk of needing emergency services or hospital care. In light of this request, the overburden on our local health care system and the high rate of COVID-19 cases in Alaska, the Refuge's 5K event has been canceled. We look forward to bringing more outdoor events next year to bring fun activities to you and your family!

  • AK mixed birch and spruce forest

    Cutting firewood for winter heat is an Alaskan tradition

    Cutting is limited to trees which are dead, blown down, and insect infested trees within the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. Standing trees may not be felled. Birch is the best firewood for generating heat on a volume basis, followed by aspen, poplar, and black spruce.

  • Notice of Aerial Bird Surveys

    Low-flying aircrafts will be in use to help estimate the breeding population of waterfowl across North America.

    2021 Notice of Aerial Bird Surveys in the Y-K Delta

refuge updates

We are hiring a maintenance worker!

We have an opening for a maintenance worker (Wage Grade 05) and we wish to fill this position soon. This is a full-time and permanent position. To apply, applicants must provide a current resume and complete a questionnaire for the Alaska local hire program. To receive the application packet, email us at and we will forward it to you. The application deadline is next Friday, October 15

Moose Hunt Extension

The federal subsistence moose hunt in Zone II of Game Management Unit 18 is extended by 15 days for the 2021/2022 hunting seasons, changed to September 1st-October 15th.

More Information

The Mulchatna caribou season is closed in 2021/2022


Surveys conducted earlier this year show a population estimate of about 12,850 caribou which is below the population objective of 30,000 caribou set by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. For the future of the herd and those who use it, please consider doing your part to help the Mulchatna Caribou Herd to recover. See the link below for more information.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Current Conditions

Yukon Delta Refuge has temporarily changed its operations in response to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. The office and Visitor Center are closed to visitors, following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health authorities. Updates will be posted here and on Facebook. Our staff continue working to serve the public: please call 907-543-3151.

Conservation news

Emperor Geese in Apparent Decline

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The emperor goose population has declined to the point where efforts are needed to help conserve emperor geese and future hunting opportunities.

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Featured Stories

Report Banded Birds

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Have you seen a bird with bling? Biologists use reports of band observations to study many aspects of bird ecology including survival and dispersal. You can help by reporting sightings of banded or marked birds.

Click here to learn more or report a banded bird

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