Bird Migration

The story of endurance, perseverance and defeat

Small Knights

The Lesser Yellowlegs stands just 8 inches tall and weighs no more than a tangerine, yet this species of shorebird completes one of the longest bird migrations in the Western Hemisphere a round trip of up to 20,000 miles. Know in French as the Petit chevalier, these “small knights”…

Migratory Birds

Conservation and Collaboration on Alaska’s Defense Lands

Which federal agency oversees the highest density of federally threatened, endangered, and sensitive species in the United States?

It’s not the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Nor is it the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management. It’s the Department of Defense.

An Unlikely Oasis

In addition…

Migratory Birds

In conservation, citizen scientists shine

“Birds are indicators of the environment. If they are in trouble, we know we’ll soon be in trouble”- Roger Tory Peterson, American naturalist, ornithologist, illustrator and educator

Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest

Sounds and songs from the northern forests

Has a song ever brought you back to a place? If you’ve spent time in northern forests, the songs of the chickadee might.


Chickadees have a complex repertoire of songs for different situations (aggression, courtship, food begging, warning, alarm etcetera). Perhaps the most recognizable of their calls resemble the…


A bird’s guide to surviving the Arctic winter

Should I stay or should I go?

Surviving the winter at high latitudes requires endurance, tenacity and some brains! Not all birds that breed in the Arctic choose to migrate to warmer climates in the fall — some prefer to stay right where they are!

Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest

An Elder’s lifetime of observations in Arctic Village, Alaska

Trimble Gilbert is a Gwich’in Athabascan Elder and speaker of Dinjii Zhuh Ginjik, the Gwich’in language. He was born and raised in Arctic Village, Alaska where he currently resides. …

Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest

The awe and obstacles of migratory birds from Arctic Refuge

A version of this article as an interactive Arc GIS story map can be found here.

Migration is an amazing feat.

Many species undergo yearly migrations, from caribou traveling to safe and nutritious summer calving grounds, salmon returning to their natal rivers to spawn and die, to the thousands of bird species throughout the world…

Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge staff share reflections on how they came to their work and place

As part of our ongoing podcast series, My Life, Wildlife, we chatted with four different staff members who have ties to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Below are excerpts from their stories of how they came to the Arctic and what they love about working and living here.

Arctic Refuge Virtual Bird Fest

Joanne Bryant remembers a family summer vacation into the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Play the video below to hear a story by Joanne Bryant, Gwich’in of Arctic Village and Tribal Communications Specialist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A transcript of the recording follows with photographs.

The summer in Arctic Village is beautiful and sometimes gets above 100 degrees. During one…

U.S.Fish&Wildlife Alaska

Stories from Alaska by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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