With the mosaic of habitats resulting from a rich fire history, an abundance of water bodies, and diverse physiographic features, Kanuti National Wildlife Refuge supports over 40 species of breeding landbirds. The refuge conducts two of these long-term surveys by boat along the Kanuti River; they are used to help monitor landbird populations on a regional (Alaska) and continental scale. 

Click on this link to read a story about Great Gray Owl observations on past Breeding Bird Surveys.

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A bright blue sky obstructed by fluffy white clouds reflected off of a stream shot from inside a kayak
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages an unparalleled network of public lands and waters called the National Wildlife Refuge System. With more than 570 refuges spanning the country, this system protects iconic species and provides some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities on Earth.


Kanuti Flats aerial view with spotted bodies of water.
The Athabascan name for Kanuti is "Kk'toonootne" which translates to "well traveled river by both man and animals." Kanuti Refuge is about the size of the state of Delaware and straddles the Arctic Circle, with approximately a third of the Refuge above the Circle and two-thirds below it. Kanuti...