Uliaga Island from Kagamil. Credit: Greg Thomson/USFWS
the 1980 establishing act forming the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge,
the U.S. Congress mandated that this refuge conduct national and international
scientific research on marine resources.
There is no better place in the
entire National Wildlife Refuge System to do just that . . .
Island endemics (found only
Programs related to those trust
Baseline inventory and monitoring
Invasive species management
Research and special studies
We inventory to know what resources are here on the far-flung islands and coastal lands of
We monitor representative species annually or periodically to allow us to see trends and
detect conservation problems.
We use information from inventorying
and monitoring to pose questions such as "what is causing an observed change?" Thus we can direct our research and special studies to learn more
about marine and island ecosystem processes, the interaction among species, and
the ecology of little-known species that are found only here (endemics).
also use the tools above to bring back some islands to their natural biodiversity
in our invasive
species management program.
We collaborate with other
researchers from other agencies and universities so that, in cooperation,
we can discover more pieces of the marine environments puzzle.
of special studies
Rat predation on auklets
Responses of birds
to fox removal
Seabird Tissue Archival and Monitoring Project (STAMP)
Bering Sea carrying capacity
Regime forcing in the Bering Sea
goose, follow-up to removal from the Endangered Species List
fern, an endangered species
Publications - Breeding Status, Population Trends and Diet Reports available for download.
Seabird Monitoring 2011 - Black-legged Kittiwakes
St Matthew Islands Expedition 2012
Rat Island Habitat Restoration
Invasive Species Eradication for Habitat Restoration on Tangik, Poa and Sud Islands
Murrelet Mysteries Revealed; Kittlitz's Murrelet Nests Discovered in the Aleutians
2007 Field Season Projects
2008 Field Season June Report (pdf)
Last updated: January 22, 2013