Wildlife Refuge Week is a yearly celebration of the country's 547 national wildlife refuges. During the week, festivals and special events are held
across the nation with the hopes of connecting people with wildlife.
Kodiak, National Wildlife Refuge Week will be celebrated a little early in
order to offer area residents a chance to meet and listen to a local wildlife
is the manager of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. She spoke
with KMXT's Diana Gish about upcoming Refuge Week activities:
Tina Shaw of the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge talking about upcoming local activities
in commemoration of National Wildlife Refuge Week.
wildlife refuges are dedicated to the conservation of fish and wildlife and
their habitats. They also offer a wide range of wildlife-dependent recreation: from
hunting and fishing to wildlife observation, wildlife photography, nature
interpretation and environmental education. The refuge system includes 2,500
miles of land and water trails, and there is at least one national wildlife
refuge in every state.
The system was established in 1903
when President Theodore Roosevelt designated the three-acre Pelican Island
in Florida as
the nation's first wildlife refuge. In addition to 547 wildlife refuges, the
system includes more than 3,000 waterfowl production areas spanning nearly 100
million acres. The National Wildlife Refuge system is managed by the U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service.