togiak national wildlife refuge

Bristol Bay Field Notes, October 4, 2019

Oct 4, 2019
Terry Fuller

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

It's the first week back for staff at the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge after the partial federal government shutdown ended Friday night. The three-week stopgap funding measure expires on Feb. 15, and staff have to do some juggling

Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Two refuge employees have been working without pay since December the refuge manager and the federal wildlife officer. With the end of the 35-day partial federal government shutdown in sight, the rest of the refuge staff will likely return to work soon.


Isabelle Ross/KDLG

Eight Bristol Bay middle schoolers did something particularly adventurous with their summer vacations – they attended the Cape Peirce marine science and culture camp on the southwest tip of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. 

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

An artist from Los Angeles recently spent a week in Togiak to learn how people have lived off the land and thrived in the region. She also enlisted village kids to help her paint a colorful mural. 

via flickr Alaska Region U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This summer a clean-up effort in Togiak National Wildlife Refuge removed more than a ton of junk from the area.

USFWS finalizes predator control rule

Aug 4, 2016
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Fish and Wildlife Service finalizes rule prohibiting predator control hunting.

Hannah Colton/KDLG

The City Council gave the Refuge the go-ahead to make plans for building a new office on the Carlson property; meanwhile, the Refuge is trying to "exhaust efforts" to buy the building they're currently renting.

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A U.S. Senate Committee passed language to prevent the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service from implementing a draft rule that would prohibit certain predator control practices in Alaska National Wildlife Refuges. 


Biologists say  more caribou can be harvested from the Nushagak Peninsula herd.

Rare Birds Sighted near Lake Aleknagik

Jul 11, 2014
Pat Walsh, USFWS

Two species of rare bird have been spotted in the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge and have made their way to Lake Aleknagik.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more on the creatures and the efforts to study them.

The most recent population numbers for caribou on the Nushagak Peninsula indicates that the local herd is growing. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

Denise Devotta

New research seeks to better understand the micronutrients that are essential for aquatic ecosystems.   Salmon are known to be a big source of the nutrients, but scientists are learning that a slightly less delicious organism plays a huge role in the health of salmon-producing streams and lakes. KDLG’s Ben Matheson has the story: