An Island of Ecological and Cultural Treasures
The third largest island in the Kodiak Archipelago, Sitkalidak Island lies southeast of Kodiak Island across the narrow Sitkalidak Strait near the historic village of Old Harbor. The island's location and highly irregular coastline traps abundant food sources upwelling from the central Gulf of Alaska attracting large numbers of seabirds and marine mammals. Concentrations of herring around the island are among the highest in the archipelago, and the largest flock of common murres ever recorded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service was in Sitkalidak Strait. It is also home to sixteen wild salmon rivers.
The island also includes some of the foremost archaeological sites in Alaska, with numerous cultural resources of the Alutiiq native peoples dating back over 7,000 years.
ALC is currently working with Old Harbor Native Corporation and the US Fish & Wildlife Service to protect 73,000+ acres of highly valuable ecological and cultural resources on Sitkalidak Island. Donate now to help us conserve this one-of-a-kind natural treasure!
Learn more about Sitkalidak Island here.