Environment

Bristol Bay Heritage Land Trust

A delegation from BBHLT will travel to Australia in September to present the organization's work before a panel of judges for the the Theiss International Riverprize. BBHLT was nominated for the award for its work protecting salmon and wildlife habitat on the Nushagak and Kvichak rivers.

Village Of Newtok Finds Rebirth At Mertarvik

Aug 16, 2017
Christine Trudeau/ KYUK

The village of Newtok in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is moving to Mertarvik to escape rising water. The ribbon cutting for the new village site was held August 10.

Daniel Schindler

This summer animals gorged themselves on caterpillars while the caterpillars gorged themselves on alder and willow. That resulted in fat gulls, trout and bears and in defoliated vegetation.

International Maritime Organization

At their July meeting, the Marine Environmental Protection Committee, a committee of the United Nations agency that regulates international shipping, adopted a proposal to address environmental risks heavy fuel oil could pose in the Arctic. Heavy fuel oil is already banned in Antarctic waters.

Is the harbor seal population rising in Bristol Bay?

Jul 12, 2017

Fisherman in Bristol Bay say the population of harbor seals in the area is growing notably larger. The observation is confirmed by aerial surveys conducted by the federal government a few years ago. 

Avery Lill/ KDLG

Koliganek and New Stuyahok are still waiting on their first barge of the year. Heating fuel use for residents and businesses in New Stuyahok is limited.

KDLG

A new walrus haulout site between Ugashik and Egegik is more accessible to tourists than traditional Bristol Bay haulout sites. Pilots and lodges in the area are both trying to utilize and protect this opportunity.

explore.org

About 2200 bears live in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The popular webcam, which attracts thousands of viewers daily, gives people a close look at bears' behavior.

US Fish & Wildlife Service, R/V Tiglax

Bogoslof volcano has a new lava dome. Cleveland volcano continues to put up ash and extrude lava, and the alert level for Pavlof volcano was raised to "advisory."

Survey investigates Alaskan's attitudes towards wildlife

Jun 6, 2017
USFWS

A new survey will measure attitudes towards wildlife among a thousand Alaska residents. It will be used to help ADF&G better serve the public.

KDLG/ Avery Lill

Four Dillingham residents are starting hives this spring. Unlike many in Alaska, they aim to keep their bees alive throughout the winter.

Stacy Hill

In an effort to keep their village clean and the landfill from becoming full, Igiugig regularly flies out plastic bottles and aluminum cans. Last year they backhauled 55,000 pounds of scrap metal. 

KDLG

Aleutian tern counts have declined at their nesting sites in Alaska in recent years. Researchers are working to tag the birds with radio transmitters before they nest. That way they can determine whether the birds are nesting in new places or whether the bird's population is actually declining.

KDLG

Also say "equal chances" of more or less rain than average. NOAA predictions call for big tides and tide switches ahead this weekend.

Brianna Nelson

The Nushagak River is at its lowest level in recent memory say residents of Ekwok, Koliganek, and New Stuyahok. Low water could make barge travel impossible and lead to problems with spring fuel delivery.

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