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Agency will hunt invasive caribou on remote island

ANCHORAGE - Hunters from a federal agency will travel to a remote island in the Aleutians to kill caribou, an invasive species that threatens wilderness vegetation. The U.S.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-04-22/agency-will-hunt-invasive-caribou-remot
State
Alaskans can help answer 'Where have all the rusty blackbirds gone?'

From April 11 through May 31, Alaskans can use their binoculars to help birds - by reporting sightings of rusty blackbirds for the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz. This is the second year of a three-year project.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-17/alaskans-can-help-answer-where-have-
Outdoors
The story behind the return of the wood bison

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's reintroduction of wood bison to the Lower Innoko/Yukon Rivers area has made the news lately.

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2015-04-20/story-behind-return-wood-bison
Opinion
Subsistent hunters exempt from Federal duck stamp requirements, for now

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week announced an interim policy that implements a new law exempting qualified Alaska subsistence hunters from the requirement...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-10/subsistent-hunters-exempt-federal-du
Outdoors
Yellow cedar under consideration for endangered species protection

ANCHORAGE - An iconic Alaska tree may warrant protection as a threatened or endangered species due to climate warming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Thursday.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-10/yellow-cedar-under-consideration-end
Outdoors
Off the Beaten Path: Wood bison are back; it's a big deal

When I was 19, I encountered my first wood bison. I was riding a mountain bike across Canada, near Liard Hot Springs in British Columbia, when I saw a hulking animal in the ditch.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-20/beaten-path-wood-bison-are-back-its-
Outdoors
Alaska wildfire managers prepare for early season

KENAI - Alaska wildfire managers are gearing up for a fire season that could start earlier than usual following a winter marked by warmer temperatures and less snow than normal.The unusual winter is unlikely to affect the level of fire danger in the summer, but it is cause for early preparation, the Peninsula Clarion newspaper in Kenai reported.There is no correlation between a warm and low-snow winter and a busy fire season, according to federal fire weather forecaster Sharon Alden with the Alaska Fire Service.

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-03-12/alaska-wildfire-managers-prepare-early-
State
Alaska Science Forum: Overwintering in the Bering Sea

...spectacled eiders in the summertime tundra nesting places the birds prefer. The decline was so steep that U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials listed the birds as threatened in 1993. Wanting to know more, biologists captured birds during...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-02-13/alaska-science-forum-overwintering-b
Outdoors
Letter to the Editor: Funding cuts hit Round Island research

Recent opinion pieces published by the Alaska Dispatch News have called for additional information from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) regarding plans for the Walrus Islands State Game Sanctuary.

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2015-02-12/letter-editor-funding-cuts-hit-round-
Letters
Feds track seabird loss in North Pacific waters

ANCHORAGE - The number of seabirds, including gulls, puffins and auklets, has dropped significantly in the Gulf of Alaska and northeast Bering Sea, a possible consequence of warmer waters, according to a preliminary federal analysis of nearly 40 years of surveys.U.S. Geological Survey experts found the seabird population density declined 2 percent annually from 1975 to 2012 in the northeast North Pacific, said John Piatt, research wildlife biologist at the USGS Alaska Science Center."Biologically speaking, that's a pretty major change," he said.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-20/feds-track-seabird-loss-north-pacifi
Outdoors

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