Environment

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge

Fisheries biologist,  Mark Lisac, is retiring after 32 years with the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge.

John Ryan / KUCB

Northern fur seal pup production on St. Paul Island has hit its lowest level since 1915.

Every other year members of Seattle’s Marine Mammal Laboratory travel to the Pribilof Islands to estimate how many pups are born. Scientist Rod Towell has been a part of the counts since 1992. He says the difference at the rookeries on St. Paul is striking.

ADF&G

Fish and Game says perceived lower numbers of ptarmigan and hares are probably related to the low snow winters. More snow might push small game down from hillsides, and allow more hunter access.

Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife

Research planned on larger cousin of more common snowshoe hare found only in Western Alaska. Biologists say they don't know much about Alaska hare's abundance, habitat, or behavior.

AVO / U.S. Geological Survey

Bogoslof erupted again Tuesday, and now the Takawangha west of Adak is active. It has no record of eruptions, but "energetic swarm" of earthquakes suggests magma below surface may be on the move.

BOEM

On Tuesday, President Obama today put nearly all U.S. Arctic waters off-limits for future oil and gas drilling. The White House announced the decision in conjunction with a similar statement from the Canadian government covering its Arctic waters.

Alaska Public, Washington D.C.:  

Adak calls for residents to boil water

Dec 20, 2016
KUCB

KUCB, Unalaska: The city of Adak is calling for all residents to boil their drinking water after their treatment system started malfunctioning. City Manager Layton Lockett says drinking the untreated water could make you sick.

“It’s like drinking out of a stream or a lake in that you might ingest some organisms that make your stomach upset,” Lovett said.

Dave Bendinger/ KDLG

Dillingham's 23rd annual and King Salmon's 31st annual Christmas Bird Counts are Saturday, December 17. Contact Kara Hilwig (Togiak NWR) or Melissa Cady (Becharof NWR) to participate.

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Temperatures are climbing back towards the thirties, after several weeks of below zero weather. With the warmer air, some rain or a wintry mix is likely along the Southwest coast this week.

Hunt still open, but Fish and Game has warned that the bull-to-cow ratio in areas near Dillingham is low, perhaps low enough to limit some hunting.


Williams, M. /National Park Service

The area around Port Heiden has experienced an unusual number of earthquakes since April. State Seismologist Michael West calls this cluster of quakes a swarm.

Naknek River will hit 27.6 feet Saturday evening, and change 29.4 feet Friday afternoon. The Nushagak River will top out at 24.4 feet on Thursday and Friday.

ShoreZone

Researchers and fishermen alike use ShoreZone's online map to explore Alaska's coast online.

Chignik Lagoon Village Council

After two weeks of clean-up, the Packer's Creek hydro-electric power plant is running again. Heavy rains and erosion in mid-October disrupted operations at Chignik Lagoon's year-old alternative energy source.

Zoe Sobel - Unalaska

The Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea are a magnet for scientists who come to study everything from fur seals to migratory birds. When they leave, that research often leaves with them.

But for the last nine years, the local tribe has found a way to bring it back home. Each fall, a group of scientists return — not to do research, but to share its findings with the students of Saint Paul and Saint George Islands.

For the first time this year, a former student is now a teacher.

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