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Surfbird retires after 50 years on SE waters

Since 1969, the vessel Surfbird, owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...Wildlife Service bought the 65-foot Surfbird in 1968 at a government surplus auction...Hodges, who started working on the Surfbird in 1975. He's now a pilot and biologist...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/021104/loc_surfbird.shtml
News
On the Trails: Autumn is here in earnest

...closely to distinguish them. These shorebirds breed on the Arctic tundra of western and northern Alaska. Sometimes there are surfbirds on rocky reefs and points; they nest in alpine tundra of Alaska and the Yukon. I occasionally flush a solitary snipe, not...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2013-10-04/trails-autumn-here-earnest
Outdoors
Beach ravens make for first-class entertainment near Crow Point

...grass. The previous day, one of the hikers had spotted half a dozen humpback whales in the channel. A flock of dunlins and surfbirds had also foraged that day at the edge of the tide. Prey for these shorebirds is commonly a big marine worm, which is probed...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/011510/out_549745709.shtml
Audubon WatchList includes SE birds

...particularly in the spring, summer and fall. Such species include the Rusty Blackbird, Rock Sandpiper, Black-footed Albatross, Surfbird, Wandering Tattler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Aleutian Tern, Dunlin, and both the Marbled and Kittlitz's Murrelets...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/090310/sta_704259247.shtml
News
Troubled Birds

...sandpiper Whimbrel Bristle-thighed curlew Marbled godwit Bar-tailed godwit Hudsonian godwit Ruddy turnstone Black turnstone * Surfbird * Rock sandpiper (Pribilof) * Red knot Sanderling Dunlin * Buff-breasted sandpiper Red-legged kittiwake Aleutian tern...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/121805/loc_20051218001.shtml
News
Andrew Abraham Anderson

...program to help relocate eagles to different states. He retired as captain of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service M/V Surfbird in 1989. He was active in the Elks, Moose, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sons of Norway and Pioneers of Alaska...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/052504/obi_anderson.shtml
Obituaries
Juneau Empire Online Local: Police and fire blotter 9/4/97

...drinking. Fires: At about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, firefighters responded to Harris Harbor after a fire started on the Surfbird, a 65-foot-long U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vessel. The fire was contained within the boat's engine room, and...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/090497/lblotter.html
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