National Wildlife Refuges

Wetlands of Alaska’s Kanuti Refuge

A yellow pond lily. 📷 USFWS
aerial view of wetlands with mountains behind
Kanuti Refuge wetlands from above. 📷 USFWS/Steve Hillebrand

Life and birth and death folding into layers over seasons, centuries and millennia, forming wetlands from expired webs of life and dirt, antlers and hooves, tattered feathers and rock, gnarled roots and thorns, sinew and bones, a cacophony of life and boreal forest moving earthward in a ceaseless succession, vibrantly weaving new life, from life, into sustenance for life yet to come.

Ravens overhead. 📷Mel Green

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