Promoting the stewardship of Alaska's unique national wildlife refuges through education, support, and advocacy
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Welcome Friends!

It may be winter, but there are still plenty of ways to stay involved.  We've included some great ways to keep engaged, even from your own home.

This month we will resume our Membership Meetings on February 21st. We have some great presentations lined up, but are always looking for suggestions on topics that interest you! Just reply back to this email with any ideas. Members are invited to call in or attend in person at Alaska Maritime. Many refuges are offering the opportunity to attend via teleconferencing, including Anchorage and Yukon Flats- check with the Refuge near you.

Save the date! 2nd Annual Art in the Arctic Show is almost here!

March 4, 2017 @ Birch Hill Nordic Center in Fairbanks, Alaska

The deadline to enter has passed, but you can still attend! Email Friends Volunteer David Personius for more details!
 


(Pribilof sunset on St. George Island/ AMNWR by USFWS/Dean Kildaw)

Join, Renew, or Gift a Friends Membership
Monthly Membership Meeting
 
"Regional Director Update on Alaska Fish & Wildlife Service, with Q&A Session, Greg Siekaniec"

February 21, 2017, 5pm
Friends Say "Goodbye" to Kristen and "Hello" to Helen

Kristen is known for her regional work in AK as the Youth, Volunteers, Outreach, Urban, Friends Coordinator, Financial Assistance Warrior, and Techno Geek. Prior to coming to Alaska, she worked at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, the San Luis Valley National Wildlife Refuge complex in southern Colorado and at the National Elk Refuge in Jackson, WY. Kristen has been recognized nationally for her leadership roles in... (Read More...)
Tell Congress to Increase Refuge System Funding and Reject Dangerous Riders

As Congress works to pass legislation to fund the government for the next fiscal year, it is imperative that they match the President’s FY2017 budget request of $506.6 million for the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Operations and Maintenance account, reject dangerous riders, and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). (Read more...)

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival was recently named the recipient of the 2017 Mindful Birding Award. It’s a special commendation given to birding festivals around the country for adopting ethical practices.

This Mindful Birding Award was given jointly to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges for the Kachemak Bay festival.

Listen to the story here!

(Photo: Chugach & Tongass National Forests, Western Arctic National Parklands)
 
CALL FOR ARTISTS: Artist in Residence at Alaska Maritime NWR
Sponsored by the US Forest Service, National Park Service & US Fish & Wildlife Service

The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity.  It is modeled after traditional residencies in the national parks…with a twist...

(More information here...)

Fair winds and following seas: After 22 seasons aboard R/V Tiglax, Captain Billy Pepper retired from the USFWS at the end of 2016. We'll celebrate with him next week. Pep brought a wealth of seafaring experience to the job, and his professionalism resulted in a well and safely run ship.Read more in their January newsletter.

 
Alaska Maritime's Captain Billy Pepper Retires:

Congratulations Billy on 22 years of service!
Click for more Festival Information


 

Meet 2017's Featured Author:

Paul Bannick
Paul is an award-winning wildlife photographer specializing in the natural history of North America with a focus on birds and habitat. Coupling his love of the outdoors with his skill as a photographer, he creates images that foster the intimacy between viewer and subject, inspiring education and conservation.  Paul is both the author and photographer of two books, Owl: A Year in The Lives of North American Owls (Braided River) and The Owl and The WoodpeckerEncounters with North America’s Most Iconic Birds(Mountaineers).  Bannick’s photography can be found prominently in bird guides from Audubon, Peterson, The Smithsonian, and ... (Learn more...)
 

(photo: Paul Bannick/ Owl: A Year in The Lives of North American Owls)
National News:

Make a Difference to Protect Refuges,
A Message from the National Wildlife Refuge Assocation 

 

As a new Administration comes to Washington, DC, now is a critical time for us to work together as refuge supporters and members of the Friends community to protect our National Wildlife Refuge System.

If we wish to galvanize support and make a difference in Washington, DC, it is essential to be familiar with, and have relationships with, your newly elected or re-elected congressional leaders.

Don’t know who your newly elected officials are? Click on the links below to find out:

United States House of Representatives

United State Senate

As refuge supporters and members of the Friends community, what can you do to help?

  • Subscribe to the Refuge Association’s Monthly Flyer and Action Alerts to stay informed on refuge issues and find out how you can take action
  • Mobilize members of your community to send letters to your congressional leaders about important refuge issues
  • Make sure that your lawmakers in the House and Senate are subscribed to your Friends organization’s monthly newsletter
  • Congratulate your congressional leaders on winning their election and continue developing a dialogue to build strong relationships with them
  • Schedule a meeting with your members of Congress to talk about your local national wildlife refuge, the importance of public lands, the values your refuge brings to your local community and its economy, and what your lawmakers can do to help
  • Write Letters to the Editor in your local newspaper about the benefits your local national wildlife refuge provides to your community and the importance of public lands

Throughout 2017, we expect there will be many anti-public lands bills introduced in the House, and we need refuge supporters like you to let Congress know that the removal of public lands is not the will of the American people. Thank you for standing up to support the National Wildlife Refuge System and all public lands.

Alaska's 16 National Wildlife Refuges cover 76.8 million acres of land- over half of Refuge land in the entire country.

Refuges are the wildest of wild places, ranging in size from the 303,094 acre Izembek Refuge at the end of the Alaska Peninsula, to the 19.6 million acre Arctic Refuge stretching from the Brooks Range to the Arctic Oc
ean. 
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Contact Information:
Mailing Address: PO BOX 2617, Homer, AK 99603
Email: info@akrefugefriends.og
http://www.alaskarefugefriends.org

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