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What is the State Bird of Alaska?

10,000 Birds

In 1955 – before Alaska was a state – the Territory’s leaders in charge of drafting a constitution allowed schoolchildren to choose what would eventually become the state bird. The Willow Ptarmigan was officially designated in 1960, when Alaska entered the union. There are three species of ptarmigan, all found in Alaska. Though many people joke that the mosquito is the Alaskan state bird, in fact it is the much more pleasant Willow Ptarmigan.

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North from Alaska: The Surfbirds return to Mexico

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It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing about the Surfbirds, and the long trip to their Alaska breeding grounds. Well, they are back. This last week we took a trip over to the Pacific side of the Baja to see who had arrived back from their summer up north. Given the large amounts of birds that have arrived in the La Paz area, I felt is would be a worth while trip. For the most part, I was quite disappointed. The Surfbirds saved the day.

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Bald Eagles Attack Alaska Post Office Customers

Wend Magazine

Several customers at a U.S. Post Office in Dutch Harbor, AK. have reportedly been attacked by two bald eagles who are said to be protecting their chicks in a nest located near the Post Office. Although no serious injuries have ensued from the attacks, one bird is said to have drawn blood from an unlucky P.O. customer.

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Alaska Air to fly 75 commercial flights on fry oil

Green Traveler Guides

A new era in American aviation begins this week, as Alaska Airlines flies the first of 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by biofuel. Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air , will continue to operate select flights between Seattle and the two cities over the next few weeks using a 20 percent blend of sustainable biofuel made from used cooking oil that meets rigorous international safety and sustainability standards. | Green Travel News |.

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After the Clearcuts: People and Ecology in an Alaska Rainforest

Nature Conservancy - Science

A black-tailed fawn peers out from forest cover on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska. I’m enjoying a halibut sandwich and microbrew in Ketchikan, Alaska, when a group of cruise ship passengers file in, giddy as they recall all the sights they had experienced over the past few days. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC.

Dead Wood & Migrating Salmon: Restoring a Southeast Alaska Stream

Nature Conservancy - Science

Streams in Southeast Alaska can’t function ecologically without fallen logs. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer. A neat and tidy stream looks scenic to our eyes, suitable for calendar photos and nature blogs. For a salmon on its spawning run, though, a neat and tidy stream is a dead end. There’s little place to rest on the long journey to the sea. There are few places to lay eggs.

Alaska’s Cleveland Volcano at Orange Alert Level

Sustainability Ninja

Its the alert level just below Code: Red – and its where Alaska’s remote Cleveland Volcano now sits classified. The Alaska Volcano Observatory raided the alert status yesterday, saying that the color label means that the area is “exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, timeframe uncertain, OR eruption is underway with no or minor volcanic-ash emissions,” according to the observatory. Code Orange.

People of the Salmon: Haida Tribe Defends Salmon with Science in Alaska

Nature Conservancy - Science

Members of the Haida tribe are conducting these fish surveys to help get their streams protected under Alaska state law. Nix and Sanderson are members of the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, a federally recognized indigenous tribe found on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. Their goal is to use data to get these streams protected under Alaska law; streams that provide proof as good salmon habitat can be protected at the highest level by the state. “

Natural Intersection: Understanding and Conserving Alaska’s Estuaries

Nature Conservancy - Science

Native fishermen continue a vibrant tradition as they harvest salmon in Eek Inlet near Hydaburg on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. The article is a helpful tool for planning how to conserve the most biologically rich habitats in regions such as the Tongass of Southeast Alaska. The estuary of Keete Inlet on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. What approach did you use to classify estuaries in Southeast Alaska?

Taking on Big Coal in Alaska

Sierra Club Compass

Sierra Club Organizer Laura Comer of the Beyond Coal Alaska campaign said that with the help of four phone banks that made 1,100 calls, more than 130 people attended to discuss the growing problems the area is facing with Big Coal. The focus was on the proposed Chuitna coal strip-mine, an enormous project that would be Alaska's largest and the second largest in the world. And follow Beyond Coal Alaska on Facebook.

In a Remote Alaska Rainforest, a Tribe Protects Habitat and Restores Culture

Nature Conservancy - Science

On Prince of Wales Island in Alaska, the restoration of rivers goes hand-in-hand with the restoration of cultural traditions. Hydaburg”s Totem Park. For many years, totem carving and other tribal traditions were banned. A new effort is restoring those traditions–and nearby habitat. Photo: Matt Miller/TNC. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

"Alaska’s King-Crab Fleet Is Left in Port by Shutdown"

Environmental Economics

It is a shame that the partial government shutdown has some innocent casualties: The nation’s king-crab fishing fleet, prepared to deploy off the coast of southwest Alaska for the start of a season that supplies holiday tables and restaurants around the world, was instead stalled in port on Tuesday by the federal government shutdown. Representative Don Young, a 21-term Republican from Alaska, has been among a group of legislators trying to free up personnel to get the paperwork processed.

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Alaska Day: Birds and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act

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Alaska Day commemorates Alaska’s formal transfer from Russia to the United States in 1867. It is therefore appropriate for birders to pause and recognize significance of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. In fact, the ten largest National Wildlife Refuges are in Alaska and most were created or supplemented by ANILCA. That said, many areas in Alaska are only lightly birded.

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Alaska to Ban Use of Drones in Hunting


Alaska is taking a small step towards the protection of wildlife by banning the use of drones in hunting. The northern state’s Department of Law is currently looking into prohibiting Read More The post Alaska to Ban Use of Drones in Hunting appeared first on Ecorazzi. Animals Causes News Top News

Journeying to Alaska’s Wild Edges

Conservancy Talk

Alaska’s far north has beckoned explorers from around the world for centuries. Like so many travelers before us, we, too, have studied the Alaska map and wondered. Photo © Brooke Wood / The Nature Conservancy Our Momentum in Alaska These stories reinforce for us the importance of The Nature Conservancy’s achievements in Alaska. After two decades, the program has mapped 92 percent of Alaska’s vast shoreline, an invaluable resource for scientists in such a remote region.

Gray Whale Baby Boom Hits Alaska


Read More The post Gray Whale Baby Boom Hits Alaska appeared first on Ecorazzi. Though once endangered, gray whales in the Pacific Ocean are now thriving. Animals Featured News

People of the Salmon: Haida Tribe Defends Salmon with Science in Alaska

Nature Conservancy - Science

Members of the Haida tribe are conducting these fish surveys to help get their streams protected under Alaska state law. Nix and Sanderson are members of the Hydaburg Cooperative Association, a federally recognized indigenous tribe found on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska. Their goal is to use data to get these streams protected under Alaska law; streams that provide proof as good salmon habitat can be protected at the highest level by the state. “

Regulating Coal Hazards in Seward, Alaska and Beyond

Sightline Daily

To take just one nearby example, consider the Seward Coal Loading Facility in Alaska, which has plagued its neighbors for years and now faces serious legal actions because of its practices. The current dustup in Alaska can be traced back to at least the spring of 2007 when coal terminal operators in Seward loaded a ship during high winds, releasing large clouds of coal dust in the process. Seward, Alaska.

After 100 Year Absence, Wood Bison Set for Alaska Return


On Sunday, Wood bison will be Read More The post After 100 Year Absence, Wood Bison Set for Alaska Return appeared first on Ecorazzi. It has been over one hundred years, but the largest land mammal in North America is finally making a return to its native home. Animals News Top News

Afloat in Alaska: On a Charging River where the Salmon Run

Conservancy Talk

We are on a 50-passenger jet boat up the Class VI rapids of Devil’s Canyon on the Susitna River in Alaska. Alaska’s healthy fisheries mean local economies thrive on a healthy environment. Sockeye fillets at fish counters across the country may be from Susitna stocks that were harvested in Cook Inlet, one of Alaska’s sustainably managed fisheries, on their way back to the river and the trail to their natal grounds.

Report: Alaska Polar Bear Populations Declining

Eco Friendly Daily

Fish and Wildlife Service recently released a report declaring polar bear populations in and around Alaska are declining. In unsurprising news, the U.S. The main areas touched upon in the report were the Beaufort Sea, the Chukchi Sea and the Bering Sea. Currently, the polar bear is listed as an endangered species in the United States and categorized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as vulnerable.

Expanding Alaska Offshore Drilling Put On Hold

Eco Friendly Daily

ruled that the impact on the environment was not properly studied in Alaska regarding increased offshore drilling. The three-judge panel decided to shelve the program to find new reserves off the coast of Alaska. The lawsuit which resulted in this ruling was brought to the courts by three different environmental groups, which sued to protect the surrounding ecosystems and the Native Village of Point Hope, Alaska. Friday, the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

Weird Nature: Shrew-Eating Trout!

Nature Conservancy - Science

Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska released this photo on its Facebook page last week. Fish Freshwater Mammals Science Weird Nature Alask national wildlife refuge Alaska conservation Alaska conservation issues Alaska fish conservation Alaska fishing big fish river monsters rivers shrews Togiak fishing Togiak National Wildlife Refuge trout eating rodents trout migration trout stream weird nature

Conoco Reports Christmas Oil Spill In Alaska

Eco Friendly Daily

On December 25, 2008, a corroded water-injection pipeline in the Kuparuk oil field of Conoco broke and let loose approximately 95,000 gallons of oil-laced water. One well was closed after the spill and is still closed today awaiting further repairs. Production on North America’s second largest oil field was not effected or slowed in any way due to the spill. Last year there was a similar spill in the Kuparuk oil field which involved the spilling of oil, gas and various other liquids.

187,000 Square Miles Designated as Polar Bear Critical Habitat in Alaska

Green (Living) Review

WASHINGTON – More than 187,000 square miles (approximately 120 million acres) along the north coast of Alaska were designated today as “critical habitat” for the polar bear as a result of a partial settlement in an ongoing lawsuit brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Greenpeace against the Department of the Interior.

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World's first airborne wind turbine will be tested in Alaska

Green Blog

A big helium-filled wind-turbine will soon float just south over the city of Fairbanks in Alaska, USA. Altaeros Energies hopes that BAT-Buoyant Airborne Turbine, and similar wind solutions, will play a role in tackling high energy costs in remote regions such as Alaska. “We We are pleased to work with the Alaska Energy Authority and TDX Power to deploy our flexible, low cost power solution for remote communities,” stated Ben Glass, Altaeros Chief Executive Officer.

Protection Given To Polar Bear Habitat In Alaska

Eco Friendly Daily

In hopes of reducing polar bear losses, the Obama administration recently announced protection for habitat which is considered critical to the polar bear in Alaska. Polar bears are a species representative of global warming. The environment which they have adapted to over thousands of years is now disappearing within decades. As the sea ice disappears in the Arctic, so does the ability for polar bears to hunt, raise young and live in general.

Another Oil Spill On Alaska’s North Slope

Eco Friendly Daily

Prudhoe Bay, located on Alaska’s North Slope, experienced its second largest oil spill in late November. With the great focus on global warming, especially with the conference in Copenhagen, it is not hard to realize the great changes occurring in the Arctic. However, global warming is not the only issue that the Arctic is currently facing. An all too common harm to the environment in the area is oil, and not just from the burning of it.

Alaska Airlines Launching Biofuel Powered Commercial Service in US


Alaska Airlines will fly 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by biofuel, starting this Wednesday. Alaska Airlines and its sister carrier, Horizon Air, will continue to operate select flights between Seattle and the two cities over the next few weeks using a 20 percent blend of sustainable biofuel made from used cooking oil that meets rigorous international safety and sustainability standards.

Iñupiaq ancient lore in video game


* * Exciting news on the indigenous storytelling front: the Iñupiaq people (of the place currently known as northern Alaska) will soon release a video game based on their traditional stories. Bioregional knowledge Spiritual Ecopsychology Tales & Blarney adventure game Alaska ecopsychology First Nations indigenous knowledge indigenous language Inupiaq Never Alone (Kisima In?itchu?a)

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Rat Island In Alaska May Need A New Name

Eco Friendly Daily

The islands, located in Alaska, have unfortunately suffered from the rats inhabiting the area. In 1780, a Japanese ship which had many unwanted rat passengers aboard ended up shipwrecked off the coast of one of the Aleutian Islands. One particular island, subsequently named Rat Island, became overrun with the rodents ever since the shipwreck. Some 229 years later, scientists believe the rats may have finally been eliminated from the island.

Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground in Gulf of Alaska


A giant offshore drilling rig, the Kulluk ,operated by Royal Dutch Shell PLC, has run aground on an island in the Gulf of Alaska about 250 miles south of Anchorage on New Year’s Eve. It is one of two rigs that Shell has used to drill test wells off Alaska as it explores the possibility of oil production in Arctic waters.

Jumping out of my “Beat” today

10,000 Birds

I am actually jumping out of my assigned beat area, to share some photos from my trip to Kodiak Island Alaska. This trip was actually all about photographing the grizzly bears the inhabit the Katmai National Forest, I will not bore you with the flight details, from La Paz, Mexico to Alaska, but it included several planes, one of which was a De Havilland Beaver float plane. Birding Alaska Alaskan Birds Grizzly Bears Katmai National Fortest Kodiak Island

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Lawsuit Filed to Protect Endangered Beluga Whales from Alaska Oil and Gas Drilling


The suit challenges a permit issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service to Apache Alaska Corporation to allow oil and gas exploration in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, home to a dwindling population of 280 beluga whales protected by the Endangered Species Act.

A Day in Anchorage

10,000 Birds

Birders know why Alaska is known as The Last Frontier. Because when you’ve painstakingly built your life list over the years, visiting the corners of North America for specialties and pushing your ABA list to 600 or so, Alaska almost always remains as the last place a birder can visit where bucket-loads of lifer, the sort of haul you really only get in the early years, are still possible. But until this past month, I’d never been to Alaska.

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Sen. Wielechowski and Rep.Seaton named Legislators of the Year for 2011 by Alaska Conservation Voters


Alaska Conservation Voters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. It seeks to be the political voice of the Alaska conservation community.It Alaska Conservation Voters helps to identify, recruit, train, and support pro-conservation candidates for office, and continues to work with these decision makers on conservation issues. is an advocate for sound conservation policies that ensure a healthy environment and prosperous economy for this and future generations.

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Alaska's Kodiak Island to get 3MW battery system


Sonia Renthlei: Alaska’s Kodiak Island will soon see Xtreme Power setting up a grid scale energy storage system, which will back up power from the Pillar Mountain Wind Project. The project currently supplies 10 percent of the island’s power supply. Xtreme Power, a Texas based startup company, is in talks to construct the 3MW battery system as the wind project is set to be upgraded to 9MW in the near future.

New Year’s resolutions for green travelers

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Africa Alaska Australia Chile Costa Rica Croatia Europe Kenya Masai Mara North America Osa Peninsula Peru South America Sweden United States Croatia truffles Great Ocean Road Green Travel News Kenai Fjords Masai Kuku Group Ranch Reuters River Klaralven Tambopata Torres del Paine PatagoniaTis the season for looking ahead to 2013. Here are eight New Year's resolutions to enrich and broaden the horizons of any green traveler.

Bristol Bay Blog, Part 1: Understanding Remote, Wild Waters

Nature Conservancy - Science

The Bristol Bay watershed is located in southwestern Alaska, a mind-bogglingly wild expanse of rivers and streams that covers 58,000 square miles. Alaska is a remote state and Bristol Bay is a remote part of this state,” says Dave Albert, director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy’s Alaska program. “We Bristol Bay salmon sport fishing The Nature Conservancy in Alaska world''s largest salmon run

Bristol Bay Blog, Part 2: The Salmon Portfolio

Nature Conservancy - Science

Salmon built much of the Alaska we see today,” says Dave Albert, director of conservation science for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska. “At Salmon feed just about everything in Alaska–including people. In the Bristol Bay watershed, the impact of salmon is everywhere, in literally every living thing. Photo: Chris DeNatale. By Matt Miller, senior science writer.

Sawmills and the Limits of Conservation Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

Take Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska , where I’ve spent the last couple of days learning about forest restoration with Conservancy colleagues Keith Rush and Michael Kampnich. And so at first glance it may seem unlikely that Cook, and other mill owners like him, could be essential in restoring the forests of Prince of Wales Island in southeastern Alaska, where his mill is located. Custom cabinet maker Michael Farr recently moved to Alaska from Pennsylvania.

EPA Approves New Permits for Shell to Drill Off Coast of Alaska


Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved air-quality permits that will allow Royal Dutch Shell PLC to drill for oil and natural gas of the northwest coast of Alaska. In September, the U.S. Last year, the EPA issued similar permits to Shell, but some native Alaskan villagers and environmental groups successfully appealed to have the permits blocked. Last December the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) invalidated the permits and returned them for review.