Alaska & the Arctic

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Alaska & the Arctic

Alaska National Wildlife Refuge

Called "America's Serengeti" for its tremendous biological productivity and diversity, the coastal plain of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most intact and untouched ecosystems in America. The refuge is home to 42 mammal species, including more than 120,000 head of caribou; 36 species of fish, and over 160 species of birds. Many of these birds migrate to and from all fifty states and from six continents to feed and reproduce, taking full advantage of the burst of biological growth which blossoms here in the long days of the Arctic summer.

Tongass Forest

Situated in Southeast Alaska, Tongass National Forest is the world's largest remaining intact coastal temperate rain forest as well as America's largest national forest. At almost 17 million acres, this unique area houses some of the oldest trees in the nation, many over 800 years old, and provides critical habitat for the largest population of Bald Eagles in the world. The 500 miles that comprise the Tongass are made up of thousands of islands, snow-capped mountains, salmon rich streams, glacial fjords and green valleys that provide some of the most significant and diverse habitat for fish and wildlife, such as Grizzly Bears, wolves, Sitka Black-tailed Deer, Northern Goshawks, Marbled Murrelets and all five species of pacific salmon.

Teshekpuk Lake

The Teshekpuk Lake area is a vast maze of tundra wetlands that comprise one of the most valuable wetland complexes for waterfowl in the entire Arctic. These wetlands provide prime nesting habitat for numerous species of waterfowl, shorebirds, and the rare Yellow-billed Loon. The area additionally provides insect-relief and prime calving habitat for the 45,000 head Teshekpuk Lake Caribou Herd.