Alaska: Arctic Scenes

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

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

polar bear in Bernard Harbor
(Subhankar Banerjee)


Long-tailed ducks flying over Beaufort Lagoon.

Long-tailed ducks flying over Beaufort Lagoon
(Subhankar Banerjee)


Arctic ground squirrel with rock lichens in the foreground.

Arctic squirrel with rock lichens in foreground
(Subhankar Banerjee)


Two fog systems collide over the Hulahula River.

fog over Hulahula River
(Subhankar Banerjee)


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

Arctic white fox on Barter Island
(Subhankar Banerjee)


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.

close up of sandpiper bird
(Subhankar Banerjee)


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.

birds flying over lagoon
(Subhankar Banerjee)


Snow geese over the coastal plain.

snow geese flying over coastal plain
(Subhankar Banerjee)


Musk ox herd on the Canning River delta.

Ox herd on Canning River delta
(Subhankar Banerjee)


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

Kongakut River Valley chick trying to fly
(Subhankar Banerjee)


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

Sheep and rams roaming Hulahula River valley near mountains
(Subhankar Banerjee)


The braided Hulahula River meets the arctic coast.

Hulahula River flows into arctic coast
(Subhankar Banerjee)


Aurora borealis over the Hulahula River valley.

Aurora Borealis over Hulahula River valley
(Subhankar Banerjee)

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