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  • Photo: Subhankar Banerjee

    Nichenthraw Mountain reflection in lake; cotton grasses in foreground

    Nichenthraw Mountain reflecting on an unnamed lake near the East Fork of the Chandalar River. Cotton grass blooms on the beach in the foreground.

  • Photo: Subhankar Banerjee

    polar bear in Bernard Harbor

    A polar bear takes an early-fall swim in Bernard Harbor.

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    Long-tailed ducks flying over Beaufort Lagoon

    Long-tailed ducks flying over Beaufort Lagoon.

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    Arctic squirrel with rock lichens in foreground

    Arctic ground squirrel with rock lichens in the foreground.

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    fog over Hulahula River

    Two fog systems collide over the Hulahula River.

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    Arctic white fox on Barter Island

    An arctic fox in its white winter coat on Barter Island.

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    close up of sandpiper bird

    A buff-breasted sandpiper giving its courtship display. This species migrates from Argentina to the Arctic Refuge to nest and would be one of the five most-threatened bird species if oil development proceeds in the coastal plain, according to the Audubon Alaska WatchList.

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    birds flying over lagoon

    Icy Reef, a barrier Island along the coast of the Arctic Refuge and premier nesting spot for numerous migratory bird species. On the right is the arctic coast, and on the left is a coastal lagoon.

  • Photo: Subhankar Banerjee

    snow geese flying over coastal plain

    Snow geese over the coastal plain.

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    Ox herd on Canning River delta

    Musk ox herd on the Canning River delta.

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    Kongakut River Valley chick trying to fly

    In the Kongakut River valley a fledgling gyrfalcon chick flexes its wings before attempting to fly.

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    Sheep and rams roaming Hulahula River valley near mountains

    Dall sheep rams along the Hulahula River valley in the Romanzof Mountains of the Brooks Range.

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    Hulahula River flows into arctic coast

    The braided Hulahula River meets the arctic coast.

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    Aurora Borealis over Hulahula River valley

    Aurora borealis over the Hulahula River valley.

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