Residents saw a few hundred walrus hauled out at the beginning of April. By the end of April, they reported seeing about a thousand. On a recent flight over the shoreline, an ADF&G biologist saw only 100.
Researchers with ADF&G and the USFWS say that the number of wolves hunting on the Nushagak Peninsula is dependent on the caribou population. The wolves do not cause the caribou population to fluctuate.
KUCB: Scientists found an enriched uranium particle over the Aleutian Islands and don’t know where it came from. In 20 years of aerial surveys, it’s the first time researchers have detected a particle like this. It’s not naturally occurring uranium – it’s the kind that might be found in nuclear bombs or fuel.
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.
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.