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February 26- March 3rd is National Invasive Species Awareness Week! Our refuge has had its fair share of invasive species over the past two centuries. From rats to foxes to caribou, our refuge staff have dedicated countless hours to making sure that native seabird species can thrive in their habitat. Read more about our invasive species reduction efforts here:
Photo: Arctic fox pups by Mike Boylan/ USFWS.
Our research vessel, the R/V Tiglax, and its crew have made it down to Seattle safely for winter maintenance! It will sail on back to the Homer harbor at the beginning of April.
Photo: A08_07_09Tiglax Journey 405 by Alaska Region US Fish and Wildlife Service
Sea ice provides walruses with a resting platform, access to offshore feeding areas, and seclusion from humans and predators. The constant motion of sea ice transports resting walruses over widely dispersed prey patches. In winter, Pacific walruses live amid the sea ice in the Bering Sea. In spring, as the ice edge recedes northward and into the Chukchi Sea, most adult males shift to using land to rest between feeding trips, while adult females and young remain with the sea ice.
Photo: Walrus Cows on Ice Nursing Calves by Brad Benter/ USFWS.
Did you know not all birds lay their eggs in a cozy nest or high in a tree?
Just as houses have different architectural styles and amenities to meet residents' needs-–birds also choose nesting sites that best suit their needs.
Murres, for example nest and lay their eggs on bare rock ledges! Check out this link to learn more about the connection of the egg shape and nest location....
Attention preschoolers and parents! Don't miss this month's session of Pre-K Puffins Early Learning Program at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center this Thursday from 10AM to 11:30AM! This program is designed for children ages 2-5 and focuses on the marine sciences. It includes story time, craft, and early learning centered activities. This month's theme: Octopus!
Photo Credit: Giant Pacific octopus. (Photo: Seattle Aquarium /NOAA)
Sea otters are some of the most team-oriented critters in our refuge! They are known to rest together in rafts, and hold each others paws in order to prevent each other from floating away! #PyeongChang2018 #TeamUSA
Photo: Raft for rest by Lilian Carswell/USFWS.
If there was an Olympic event for underwater diving, thick-billed murres could definitely compete! As one of the deepest diving birds, this refuge seabird regularly descends to depths of 300 feet in pursuit of fish, squid and crustaceans. #PyeongChang2018
Photo: Flight of the Akpa courtesy of Fiona Pation/ Creative Commons. https://goo.gl/ZVwYy6
Visit the Attu75 Facebook page to learn more about the Battle of Attu and its role in our wildlife refuge's history!
Happy birthday and many more to Elizabeth Kudrin, born today on Attu before World War II, when Attu was still a quiet and peaceful place! Liz, with her brother Greg Golodoff, is one of two surviving residents of Attu.
Tomorrow we have Brie Drummond sharing about red-legged kittiwakes on Buldir Island! Join us at the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center at noon for her presentation!
Wishing fair winds and following seas to the R/V Tiglax and its crew as they travel to the shipyard at Lake Union in Seattle!
Photo: R/V Tiglax departing Homer Harbor courtesy of Adriana Ferello/USFWS Volunteer.
Here at Alaska Maritime NWR we are bird lovers! (Of course!) Our wildlife biologists spend most of their summer in the field unlocking the mysteries of seabirds like this auklet. From these amazing birds we learn about the health of the ocean that people and wildlife #LiveWith and #LiveFrom
Photo: Auklet by USFWS/Creative Commons. goo.gl/rs9Rqo