Environment

State of Alaska ADF&G

Citing poor winter travel and low harvest numbers, ADF&G and USFWS have agreed to keep the hunt open till Feb. 20.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

Formerly the subsistence research specialist at the Bristol Bay Native Association, Hoseth stepped into the role of director of natural resources in November.

photo provided by USFWS

In the 32 years Naknek and King Salmon have participated in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, watchers have never counted more than 24 species. This year, birders saw 27.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

Thirty people volunteered to participate in Dillingham’s bird count on Saturday. Last year, 18 participated. The volunteers this year spotted 19 species, including the possible sighting of a species new to Dillingham’s Christmas count.

Avery Lill/ KDLG

Dillingham, Naknek and King Salmon bird watchers will participate in the Audubon Christmas Bird Count this weekend.

Evelynn Trefon

Communities around Iliamna Lake dealt with gale force winds last week. Residents say they saw sheds and smokehouses lifted from the ground and skiffs tumbled “like they were toys.”

High Winds Knock Out Power, Damage Buildings In Kuskokwim Bay

Dec 27, 2017
DEREK KUSIAK

Buildings, smokehouses and electric lines sustained damage on Friday when high winds whipped across Kuskokwim Bay.

Chasen Cunitz

Port Heiden’s road to its harbor and old village site is crumbling into the sea and the lake on the other side of it will likely breach soon.

S. Huffman/ NPS

Mercury builds up in older, predatory fish that live in some lakes  in Katmai National Park and Preserve and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. Continuing research suggests mercury in these ecosystems has both natural and anthropogenic sources. 

Alaska Region USFWS/ Katrina Mueller

As salmon stir up sediment to build redds, they can cause erosion nearby and downstream. Over millennia, that erosion could make some landscapes up to a third shorter than they would be otherwise.

ADF&G

Neil Barten breifed the Nushagak Fish and Game Advisory Committee about recent predation on caribou calves, and how the state is moving to expand the intensive wolf control area to 10,000 sq. miles, covering most of Unit 17B.

NWS Climate Prediction Center

It looks increasingly likely that the Pacific Ocean cooling trend known as La Niña will continue at least through the coming winter. That’s according to the latest analysis from the Climate Prediction Center, which now says it’s up to 75 percent confident that a weak La Niña in place will persist perhaps through April.

KDLG

Proposal 148 would allow hunters to position the animals (plus wolves and wolverines), rather than position the hunter, which most admit is currently common practice. But biologists say chasing vulnerable Nushagak Peninsula caribou in the spring could be dangerous to the health of the herd.

KDLG

With a new population estimate for 17A moose showing numbers higher than the managed range, advisory committees and state, federal biologists support request for an extra week at the end of the fall hunt.

Alaska SeaLife Center

Sable and Angel, both rescued as pups this summer in Bristol Bay waters, were released into the Naknek River after a few months of rehabilitation at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

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