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The two RV Gypsies
stopped at Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge
in Alaska
July 6, 2016

map of Alaska showing location of Tetlin National Wildlife Regufe

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge is a dynamic landscape made up of forests, wetlands, tundra, lakes, mountains and glacial rivers bounded by the snowy peaks of the Alaska Range. This upper Tanana River valley has been called the "Tetlin Passage," because it serves as a major migratory route for birds traveling to and from Canada, the lower 48 and both Central and South America. Many of these birds breed and nest on the refuge. Others pass through on their way to breeding and nesting grounds elsewhere in the state. Migrants, including ducks, geese, swans, cranes, raptors and songbirds, begin arriving in the valley in April, and continue into early June. An estimated 116 species breed in Tetlin during the short summer, when long days and warm temperatures accelerate the growth of plants, insects and other invertebrates, providing a ready source of rich foods for nesting birds.

Tetlin Refuge also supports a variety of large mammals. Dall sheep dot the higher slopes while Alaskan moose feed upon the tender new growth that springs up in the wake of frequent lightning caused fires. Wolf packs, grizzly and black bears and members of three different caribou herds range over the refuge.

The refuge has a surface area of 700,058 acres and is one of the larger (currently #18) National Wildlife Refuges in the United States, although, perhaps surprisingly, also the second-smallest of the sixteen in Alaska.

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge sign

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge

Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge  sign on building

Lee saw the sign "Come in and test your wings" but the Visitor Center building was closed, so Lee tested his own wings and tried to fly away.

Alaskan high-rise building

Lee Duquette testing his wings

Below: The view from the back porch of the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. There is supposed to be a lot of wildlife there, but it would take some very strong binoculars to see any wildlife.

scenery at the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

scenery at the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

However, shortly after leaving the Tetlin National Wildlife Refuge building, the two RV Gypsies saw a moose alongside the road.

moose by the road

moose by the road

  BLACK Veterans Memorial Bridge - HMMMM!

moose by the road

BLACK Veterans Memorial Bridge

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