Kanuti Refuge has been a leader in the investigation of boreal-breeding shorebirds in Alaska. For example, we have collaborated with the U.S. Geological Survey on a study of the migratory movements of Kanuti-breeding Whimbrels and how they compare to North Slope-breeding Whimbrels. We also supported Master’s research on the breeding biology of Whimbrels on the Refuge. 

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Nesting ecology of Whimbrels in boreal Alaska

Intraseason re-use of Numenius nest by Limosa

Diverse patterns of migratory timing, site use, and site fidelity by Alaska-breeding Whimbrels

Whimbrel Wanderings

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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...