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Refuge Notebook: Bear Mountain Trail offers photo, berry-picking options

Is that expensive camera you bought last winter in hopes of becoming a professional photographer just sitting there collecting dust? Or did you just get a new smart phone and need an awesome background picture for it? No matter which device you prefer to capture pictures on, bring it out to Bear Mountain Trail at mile six of the Skilak Lake Road in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Refuge Notebook: At a loss for what to do? Camping opportunitites galore

Whether you enjoy lounging around listening to a babbling creek in Upper Skilak Campground, watching a colony of beavers collect logs for their lodge on Hidden Lake, or reeling in the biggest fish of your life out on Skilak Lake, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge campgrounds can provide all of your recreational needs.
Make preparations now for wonderful, safe, springtime walks

"Hurumph!" This is a sound you never want to hear from the woods when you are walking along a trail.
Refuge Notebook: Thousands of feet on the ground are a challenge in Changbai Mountain, China

I had the honor of serving as one of six delegates representing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Region, at the second annual Changbai Mountain International Ecological Forum last month in Jilin Province, northeast China.
Funny River wildfire crews work on rehabilitation

Rehabilitation for the 195,858 acres Funny River Horse Trail wildfire firebreaks are complete, almost exactly a month after the blaze was first reported on May 19.
Refuge Notebook: Gary Titus honored with Sense of Wonder Award

Gary Titus, a ranger at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, was honored as the 2013 winner of the Alaska Region U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Sense of Wonder Award.
Refuge Notebook: New Visitor Center Becoming Reality

Up from the icy ground adjacent to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters in Soldotna, a building has grown.
Girl Scouts take on science

A handful of Girl Scouts of Alaska stood scooping mouthfuls of handmade ice cream in plastic bags in what would have been a presumably empty classroom on a Saturday afternoon at Kenai Peninsula College.
Refuge Notebook: Integrated technology brings nature into focus

"Check it out!" An excited voice echoes up the trail, mixing with the fluttering whisper of aspen leaves and the raucous call of a distant raven.
Refuge notebook: Dark skies, new telescope cause for celebration

On a recent winter's night one of our Refuge biologists out doing owl surveys in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area witnessed a convoy of cars heading down the icy road. These visitors weren't headed to a special ice fishing trip or campout.


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