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High time for lynx in Alaska’s Interior

Mike Taras has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for many years, but this is the first time he has said the words “nuisance lynx.” Taras, a wildlife education and outreach...

NOAA Fisheries Proposes Critical Habitat for Ringed and Bearded Seals in U.S. Arctic

A bearded seal rests on ice in the Bering Sea. NOAA/Cameron NOAA Fisheries is proposing to designate critical habitat in U.S. waters off the coast of Alaska for Arctic ringed seals and the Beringia distinct...

Ocean-Going Robots Effective at Surveying Pollock

This may be the first time data collected using uncrewed surface vehicles were used to help produce an annual estimate of abundance for a commercial fish stock. Every other year, NOAA Fisheries conducts an acoustic-trawl...

A Chickadee’s Midwinter Roosting Place

A black-capped chickadee on a cold Alaska day. Photo by Jim DeWitt During the darkest days of Alaska’s winter, black-capped chickadees stuff themselves with enough seeds and frozen insects to survive 18-hour nights. Where the...

Warm Oceans Helped First Human Migration From Asia to North America

The Pacific Ocean’s currents support a diverse ecosystem, seen here from space, with green indicating blooms of photosynthesizing plankton. Warmer currents during the last ice age may also have supported early human settlements.NASA New research...

Time Stands Still on Winter Solstice

On Dec. 21 at 1:02 a.m. Alaska time, this big round head of a planet will tip back, pause, then slowly nod toward the sun. That breathless moment of stillness is the northern hemisphere’s winter...

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star develops next generation of Arctic leaders

The Seattle-based Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is at anchor in Puget Sound Monday, December 7, 2020 ahead of the crew’s months-long deployment to the Arctic. The 44-year-old heavy icebreaker will project power and...

The Northern Shrike: Songbird Like No Other

Not long ago, John Wright of Fairbanks heard a thump against a window above his deck. He pulled on his coat and walked out to investigate. He was surprised to see a lovely pine grosbeak...

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