Defenders in Alaska

Additional Priorities

Protecting Walruses

Since 2010, there have been a number of incidents where a severe shortage of sea ice to live on have resulted in walruses crowding onto beaches—almost 20,000 at one point! Defenders is involved in a project where remote cameras have been installed at key haulout sites so we can better understand why the numbers are growing and why it’s leading to increased numbers of fatal stampedes.

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Fact Sheet
Adult beluga whales are easily distinguished by their pure white skin, their small size and their lack of dorsal fin. The beluga has a broad and rounded head and a large forehead.
Habitat Conservation
Defenders of Wildlife is working to protect and strengthen the National Wildlife Refuge System, the only system of federal lands in the United States dedicated to wildlife conservation.
Policy
Eighty percent of threatened and endangered species rely on privately owned land for their habitat needs and in the U.S. most of our private land is managed by farmers, ranchers and forest landowners.