Alaska’s Seabirds

Seabirds

A photographic journey along Alaska’s coast and marine habitats

Black-legged kittiwakes
Black-legged Kittiwakes flush in Glacier Bay, Alaska 📷 USFWS/Kathy Kuletz

Feeding

Tufted puffins, kodiak national wildlife refuge
Tufted Puffins bob in the marine waters around Alaska’s Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge 📷 USFWS/Robin Corcoran
northern fulmar feeding frenzy
Northern Fulmar feeding frenzy in Alaska’s Bering Sea 📷 USFWS/Mark Rauzon
long-tailed jaeger
The swift-flying Long-tailed Jaeger spends much of its time far offshore, seldom within sight of land. Like other seabirds, it comes to shore to raise its young. 📷 USFWS/Laura McDuffie

Breeding

Bogoslof Island, Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge 📷 USFWS/Cyrus Read
A Pribilof Islands special: Red-legged Kittiwakes. Most of the worldwide population (estimated at around 200,000) nests on the Pribilofs. This one was spotted on St. Paul Island 📷 USFWS/Lisa Hupp
rookery in Prince William Sound
Black-legged Kittiwake rookery in Prince William Sound 📷 Katrina Liebich
Aleutian Tern chick on Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska 📷 USFWS/Lisa Hupp
The pint-sized Kittlitz’s Murrelet adult in the marine waters around Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (left) and chick in Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge 📷 USFWS/Robin Corcoran and Ronan Dugan
mew gull with chicks
Mew Gull adult with camouflaged chicks, Kodiak 📷 USFWS/Robin Corcoran

‘indicators of ocean conditions’

dead murres litter a prince william sound beach
Dead Common Murres washed onto a beach in Prince William Sound 📷 USFWS/Tamara Zeller

Connecting us

shearwaters
Shearwaters weather a storm along the Alaska Peninsula 📷 USFWS/Tamara Zeller
albatross
A Laysan Albatross cruises near Umnak Island’s Mt Vesvidof 📷 USFWS/Liz Labunski
Least Auklets in Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge 📷 USFWS/Carla Stanley
glaucous gull on Arctic ice/edge habitat, unique in the US
Big-bodied Glaucous Gulls breed in Alaska and travel circumpolar routes that straddle Arctic ice-edge habitats. Here, one stands on sea ice and another takes flight over open water in the Chukchi Sea 📷 USFWS/Kathy Kuletz
arctic tern
Arctic Tern over Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge 📷 USFWS/Robin Corcoran

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