Birding Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Enough can’t be said about the importance of the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge. “We are literally funneling birds into almost every flyway in the world,” said one USFWS biologist. The Yukon refuge supports one of the largest aggregations of water birds in the world. Each spring, a spectacle unfolds as millions of migratory ducks, geese and other water birds return to the refuge to nest. The refuge also supports one of the most important shorebird nesting areas in the United States in terms of both density and species diversity. Summer residents include Emperor Geese, Trumpeter Swans, Tundra Swans, puffins and Arctic Terns.

Emperor Geese at Yukon Delta NWR /USFWS

Emperor Geese at Yukon Delta NWR / USFWS

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