2023 North American Caribou Workshop & Arctic Ungulate Conference

The joint meeting of the North American Caribou Workshop and Arctic Ungulate Conference will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, USA from 8-12 May 2023.

The conference will bring together an international group of managers, researchers, Indigenous and Local Knowledge holders, and other interested parties who want to share their knowledge of caribou, muskoxen, Dall sheep, moose, and reindeer.

The conference theme is Crossing Boundaries. Arctic ungulates cross landscape boundaries, connecting ecological processes between different systems, and requiring partnerships and collaboration across management and national boundaries. A critical component of such partnerships involves crossing the boundaries of Western and Indigenous ways of knowing to identify creative opportunities to steward and sustain arctic ungulate populations in a changing world.

For more information, please email


We are grateful to all our sponsors for supporting the NACW-AUC 2023 conference!

Gold sponsors

The Wilderness Society National Park Service Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wilburforce Foundation Quebec 2021 – 18th North American Caribou Workshop U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Silver sponsors

USGS WSP-Golder WSP-Golder Logo of ARCKP Logo of Red Dog Mine

Bronze sponsors

Audubon Alaska Defenders of Wildlife Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Alaska Wilderness League Earthjustice Global Initiative on Ungulate Migration Institute of Arctic Biology – University of Alaska FairbanksDoyon Limited RAVN Star Oddi Fate of the Caribou ProjectDenali Brewing Environmental Defense FundTheodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership


Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers’ Co-Op Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Telonics Wildlife Acoustics Vectronic ABR Large Animal Research Station United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Services WEST Biodiversity Pathways FPAC AK Sausage and Seafood


Become a conference supporter

Sponsorships allow us to expand the opportunities available to conference attendees beyond those funded through conference registration fees. Funds may also help support participation by students and residents of rural communities, provide increased cultural learning opportunities, and enhance settings for networking and connection. You can support the conference and bring awareness to your business or organization by being a financial sponsor, exhibitor, or advertiser! For more details, please see our Partnership and Visibility Plan.

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Thank you for the great level of interest we have received in attending the conference! We wish we could allow everyone to attend, but with over 500 participants registered we have had to close registration to ensure venue capacity limits are not exceeded.

There are still spots left for the Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise and Visit to the Foraging Ecology and Wildlife Nutritional Analysis (FaWNA) Lab field trips on Friday, as well as for the Storytelling workshop Monday. Please email us at if you would like to sign up.


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Abstract Submission

Abstract submission closed 15 December  and decisions were sent out in mid-February. Notification of specific dates and times for each talk was emailed to accepted presenters in mid-March. Thank you to all those who submitted descriptions!

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Schedule at a glance

Detailed schedule

Link to program here.

Want to view the program online and access other great resources? Check out our online platform using the QR codes below or via


Tuesday, 9 May

  • Don Russell and Anne Gunn: What Have We Missed?: A Commentary on the Status and Trends of Migratory Tundra Caribou
  • Steeve Côté: Ecology, Migration and Population Dynamics of Arctic Ungulates in the Context of Climate Change

Wednesday, 10 May

  • Fish Bowl and Panel: Bridging Indigenous and Western Ways of Knowing in Ungulate Management, Policy, and Research
    • Shelley Calliou (Kelly Lake Cree Nation)
    • Jim Dau (ADF&G, retired)
    • Amanda Dumond (Kugluktuk Angoniatit Association)
    • Andrea Hanke (University of Calgary)
    • Scott McNay (Wildlife Informatics)
    • Chief Roland Willson (West Moberly First Nations)
    • Jean Polfus (Canadian Wildlife Service)
    • Elmer Seetot, Jr. (Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group)

Thursday, 11 May

  • Panel Discussion: Caribou Crossing: Collaborative Caribou Stewardship in a Changing Arctic
    • Vern Cleveland, Sr. (Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group)
    • Dan Dunaway (Bristol Bay Regional Advisory Council)
    • Earl Evans (Beverly and Qaminirjuag Caribou Management Board) Naunġaq
    • Cyrus Harris (Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group)
    • Deana Lemke (Porcupine Caribou Management Board)
    • Karen Linnell (Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission)
    • Jody Pellissey (Wek'èezhìı Renewable Resources Board)
    • Joe Tetlichi (Porcupine Caribou Management Board)
    • Henry Huntington (Moderator)

For more information, please see the Plenary Description file 

Workshops and Field Trips

Workshops (Monday, 8 May)

To sign up for the Storytelling workshop, please email us at For further descriptions of each workshop, please see the Workshop DescriptionsPlease note that conference registration is required for workshop registration.

Implementing Boreal Caribou Habitat Restoration in Practice: A Practical Approach for Indigenous Communities - FULL

Analysis of Caribou Movements and Geospatial Covariates with the TuktuTools R Package and Google Earth Engine - FULL

Snow Field Measurements for Ungulate Research - FULL

Storytelling & Science Workshop

  • Cost: $40
  • Max Attendance: 100
  • Time: Half Day (afternoon)

Structured Decision Making as a Model to Integrate Different Knowledge Systems and Achieve Collaborative Conservation - FULL

Field Trips (Friday, 12 May)

To sign up for the FaWNA Lab field trip, please email us at The Prince William Sound Glacier Cruise can be signed up for using the direct link below. For further descriptions of each field trip, please see the Field Trip Descriptions.

Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center Tour - FULL

Visit to the Foraging Ecology and Wildlife Nutritional Analysis (FaWNA) Lab

  • Cost: $65
  • Max attendance: 22
  • Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Hiking and Botany Trip to Chugach State Park  - FULL

Prince William Sound Tour

  • Cost: $330, plus gratuity
  • Min attendance: 15
  • Max attendance: 27
  • Time:  9:30 am - 6:30 pm
  • NOTE: This option is independently organized by the tour company. See the Field Trip Descriptions for details and click here to sign up.

Socials and events

Welcome Reception

Monday 8 May, 6-9:30pm, Quarter Deck, Hotel Captain Cook

Drop by the beautiful Quarter Deck at the Hotel Captain Cook for an opening Welcome Reception (10th Floor of Tower I). Savor drinks and snacks while mingling with the other conference participants and taking in stunning views of the majestic Chugach Mountains and Cook Inlet. This is an informal event with conference participants welcome to come and go and no formal speakers.  Appetizers and one beverage ticket will be provided.There is no additional charge for this event (but wear your conference name tag).

Poster Session

Tuesday 9 May, 7-10pm, Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Join us at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center for > 80 posters on caribou and arctic ungulates! The event will provide access to museum galleries, particularly those on Indigenous culture in Alaska, and feature artwork by conference participants and local artists. Appetizers and one beverage ticket will be provided. There is no additional charge for this event (but wear your conference name tag).


Wednesday 10 May, 7-9pm, Williwaw Social

Stories are a powerful way to share diverse knowledge and experiences related to the ecology, management, use, and importance of Arctic ungulates. Storytelling has been used by Indigenous peoples to pass down information since time immemorial and are increasingly used by Western scientists for communication with each other and the public. Join us at the Williwaw Social for an evening of fun co-hosted by Anchorage’s popular storytelling organization, Arctic Entries. We will feature stories from pre-selected storytellers who have workshopped their stories and end with an open mic for those that feel inspired to share their own stories. One beverage ticket will be provided, with additional beverages and food available for purchase. There is no additional charge for this event (but wear your conference name tag).

Closing Ceremony & Banquet

Thursday 11 May, 6pm, Discovery Ballroom, Hotel Captain Cook

Join us as we wrap up the conference with a banquet and closing ceremonies. This will be a chance to enjoy the relationships we have built and reflect on all that we have learned, then dance the night away. Tickets are required for banquet attendance. One ticket is provided with each Regular or Student registration and additional tickets are available for purchase through the registration page.

Film Festival

Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, Alaska Public Lands Information Center

Come watch a wide array of films featuring caribou and other ungulates from across the arctic. Topics include Indigenous Knowledge, the subsistence way of life, collaborative conservation efforts, and management. We are excited to present the new film The Arctic: Our Last Great Wilderness, as well as films such as Caribou Homeland, The Issue with Tissue - a boreal love story, Paving Tundra, and many more fantastic films. Each day will repeat the same set schedule, so feel free to drop in when you have a chance! This event is free and open to the public.

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Conference venue and hotel

The NACW-AUC 2023 Conference will be based at the Hotel Captain Cook. Located in the heart of downtown Anchorage, Alaska’s Hotel Captain Cook is a perfect basecamp for adventure, offering the best cultural, retail and natural highlights just steps from your door. For more information please visit

The Hotel Captain Cook features 546 rooms and suites with views of the neighboring Cook Inlet and Chugach Mountains. There is a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate of $160 per night plus tax (8-10 May; $190 May 11). Rooms are likely to go fast, as will other accommodation in Downtown Anchorage, so please book early using the code: NACW23 or following this link: North American Caribou Workshop.

If you prefer to call, the reservations department is available 24/7 and can be reached at +1-907-276-6000. Please be sure to mention that you would like to book under the North American Caribou Workshop group block.

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Brown hotel building in foreground with body of water and mountain visible behind it

Hotel Captain Cook in Anchorage

Anchorage, Alaska 

Anchorage is the bustling heart of southeastern Alaska. It is the largest city in Alaska, with just under 300,000 people but maintains the wild character of Alaska, surrounded by the stunning Chugach Mountains and the waters of Cook Inlet. The conference will take place in downtown Anchorage, conveniently located less than 15 minutes from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport. Taxis, ride-hailing services, rental car companies, hotel shuttles and buses are all available from the terminal. Anchorage is an ethnically diverse community that is relatively inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly.

Downtown Anchorage is a pedestrian-friendly grid of streets, where you’ll find restaurants, brewpubs, coffee shops, tour companies, visitor information and shops. If you want to get outside, it’s easy to take the extensive trail network starting downtown and connecting to the many parks and green spaces spread throughout Anchorage. Along the way, you might see some of Anchorage’s nearly 1500 resident moose or some of the bald eagles, beluga whales, or other creatures that call Anchorage home.

For a walk or run - Check out the Coastal Trail, accessible from 2nd Avenue and H Street or 5th Avenue and M Street. The trail runs 11 miles, but for a shorter trip try out the stretch between downtown and Westchester Lagoon.

Bike Rentals - The trail is also a good spot for a bike ride. Rentals by the hour are inexpensive and available from companies downtown.

Hiking – The Chugach Mountains are filled with trails, with the closest less than 20 minutes from downtown. Stretch your legs and get a stunning view of the city and surrounding natural spaces.

History and Culture - The Anchorage Museum and Alaska Native Heritage Center offer great showcases of Alaska Native cultures and Alaska history. The Anchorage Museum’s art collections are the biggest in Alaska. The Alaska Native Heritage Center focuses on Native culture through live song and dance performances, as well as life-sized examples of traditional buildings. There’s a combined admission, the Culture Pass, for both attractions. There’s also a free shuttle connecting the two stops.

Moose sitting down in a snow bank alongside a street while a person walks nearby

Photo by Roy Reese courtesy of Visit Anchorage

Looking to add more Alaskan adventure to your trip? Options abound for accessing the rest of Alaska by road, rail, or air from Anchorage. Visit iconic Denali National Park, relax in the luxury of Alyeska Resort and spa in nearby Girdwood, and much more!

Rail Tours - Anchorage is the place to begin a railroad trip in Alaska. Trains depart daily for Prince William Sound, Kenai Fjords National Park, or Spencer Glacier in Chugach National Forest.

Flightseeing - Small airplane and helicopter flights are incredible. Flights from Merrill Field or Lake Hood in Anchorage take off for glaciers in the nearby Chugach Mountains, the waters of Prince William Sound, or even circle Denali by air.

Day Cruises – See tidewater glaciers and wildlife including whales, seals, otters, sea lions and birds. Cruises sail daily from the port towns of Whittier and Seward, both accessible by rail or road. 

COVID Policy

The health and safety of all conference attendees is a top priority for the NACW-AUC Organizing Committee. Therefore, we encourage conference attendees to wear masks and practice social distancing, when possible, to help minimize the spread of the disease. We expect to have attendees from all over the North and are cognizant that conferences can be a source of rapid transmission of COVID-19. Masks will be available at the registration desk at no charge but we request that attendees bring their own mask(s) if possible.

To minimize transmission, we encourage all attendees to take a COVID-19 test 24-48 hours prior to arriving at the conference. Please do not attend if you feel ill or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Colored stickers will be available at the registration desk for individuals to indicate their comfort with proximity to other participants. Please respect the wishes of other participants as much as possible.

Outdoor dining options are generally limited in Anchorage. See our Restaurant Guide (coming soon) for dining options with outdoor seating. An array of food delivery services are available (see our Restaurant Guide). The banquet will be inside the main ballroom of the hotel.

Please note that masks are not currently required by the Municipality of Anchorage, so other hotel/venue guests and staff may not be masked. Information about COVID-19 in Alaska can be found here.

Please help us keep the conference as safe and enjoyable as possible for all attendees!

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The Arctic Ungulate Conference is a meeting of the Arctic Ungulate Society. For more information, please visit the website.