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National Wildlife Refuge

Wetlands along Scottie and Desper Creeks are very productive areas for waterfowl and bald eagles.
1.3 mile Borealis Avenue
PO Box 779
Tok, AK   99780
E-mail: tetlin@fws.gov
Phone Number: 907-883-5312
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Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge includes snowcapped mountains and glacier-fed rivers, forests and treeless tundra, and an abundance of wetlands.
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  Wildlife and Habitat

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The vegetation is a mix of boreal forest (spruce, aspen and birch), tundra and shrublands interspersed with streams and wetlands. Common lightning caused fires greatly influence the habitat and play a major role in the environmental health and diversity of the refuge.

Thousands of birds migrate through the Refuge each spring on their way to other nesting areas throughout Alaska. At least 126 species remain on the Refuge to nest and raise their young. Trumpeter swans seek the Refuge's isolated ponds and lakes for nesting.

The lakes and streams support a rich aquatic community. Humpback whitefish, the most important subsistence fish species used by local Natives, feed in lakes in spring and summer then migrate to specific river areas to spawn. Two of the six known spawning areas in Alaska exist on the Refuge.

Moose feed on wetland plants and raise their young here while caribou rest and feed on the Refuge as they travel between their summer and winter ranges. Both are important subsistence resources for local residents. Dalls sheep are limited to the rugged mountainous areas.

Grizzly and black bears occur on the Refuge. Hungry bears will eat anything including plants, berries, fish, small rodents and moose calves. Furbearers such as the lynx, marten, mink, muskrat, beaver, wolf and red fox all live throughout the area.

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