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

Join us for this month's Membership Meetings on March 21st, with guest speakers Mitch Ellis and Jacqueline Keating. Many refuges are offering the opportunity to attend via teleconferencing, including Anchorage and Yukon Flats- check with the Refuge near you.

Our Membership Coordinator is working to collect volunteer project requests from refuges around the state. Opportunities will be posted in April...stay tuned!

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is just around the corner, with Registration opening next week. If you'll be in the area and would like to volunteer, get in touch! We'd love to have you help out.

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature,
he finds it attached to the rest of the world."
-John Muir

(Alaska Peninsula and Becharof NWR, Photo Credit: Marla Greanya / USFWS)

Join, Renew, or Gift a Friends Membership
Monthly Membership Meeting: 
March 21, 2017, 5pm
Mitch Ellis: Chief of Refuges, Alaska USFWS
 Jacqueline Keating: "Bear Viewing Management from Kodiak to Kaktovik"
2017 Art in the Arctic: Event Report
The event was attended by over 200 people and included a screening of The Million Dollar Duck, silent and live auctions benefiting the Friends, sale of collectible Duck Stamps and posters signed by Adam Grimm, and wine and cheese, donated by the National Wildlife Refuge Association.  The event was sponsored by Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, Ducks Unlimited, and Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, with support from the USFWS. (Read more...)
Kanuti’s Annual Winter Celebration, Community Dinner & Outreach Event, held recently in Allakaket, AK, was attended by over 60 people from Allakaket and Alatna and was once again a hit with kids and adults alike. The community had a full night of fun! Of course, one of the most enjoyed parts of the evening, was the Taco dinner, provided by Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges and fully prepared by Friends Volunteer Sarah Matthews.  (Read more...)
Sister Refuges:

Yukon Flats, Alaska & San Pablo Bay, California

At first glance, an urban national wildlife refuge on the coast of California and a remote refuge in the interior of Alaska don’t seem to have much in common. Take a closer look and the connections are clear and important. The striking and regal canvasback is the largest diving duck in North America. It’s also the primary species that connects Yukon Flats Refuge in Alaska to San Pablo Bay Refuge in California – both physically and through each Refuge’s establishing legislation. ... (Read More...)
Tell Congress to Protect Alaskan Wildlife! 

Congress is attempting to utilize the Congressional Review Act to permanently overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) rule prohibiting aggressive predator control practices on Alaskan national wildlife refuges. Specifically, the rule prohibits killing brown bears over bait, killing wolves and pups in their dens, killing mother bears and cubs, and aerial gunning of bears. 
Plan Your Trip Today: 2017 Program- Available Now! (Click here)

Registration opens on Monday, March 20 at 12pm
National News:

Today, March 14th, is the 114th Birthday of the National Wildlife Refuge System - home to over 8,000 species of America's most amazing wild animals and wild places.

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
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Mailing Address: PO BOX 2617, Homer, AK 99603
Email: info@akrefugefriends.og

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