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North from Alaska: The Surfbirds return to Mexico

10,000 Birds

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.

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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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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. Even after the age of exploration, it remained a mysterious and distant place for many people. Including us.

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 Air to fly 75 commercial flights on fry oil is a post from: Green Traveler Guides. | Green Travel News |.

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You can be vegan anywhere – even Alaska

Eccorazzi

We might think of fur-clad hunters when we picture Alaska, but that’s changing. Alaska Dispatch News shares stories of some of it’s vegan residents. Delisa Renideo organizes the Alaska Vegan Society, originally the Alaska Vegetarian Society, in which she estimates that the snowy state is home to thousands of vegans. Katie Henry and her husband put the assumption that it would cost more to be vegan in Alaska to rest in their interview.

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.

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.

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. 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.

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. Seward, Alaska.

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.

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.

"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 to Ban Use of Drones in Hunting

Eccorazzi

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

After 100 Year Absence, Wood Bison Set for Alaska Return

Eccorazzi

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.

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

Green (Living) Review

At the same time, the Interior Department is also considering whether to allow oil companies to drill for oil in the polar bear’s newly designated critical habitat in the Chukchi and Beaufort seas off Alaska.

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Gray Whale Baby Boom Hits Alaska

Eccorazzi

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

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. Friday, the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.

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.

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. I am sure there is a regulation that requires any article that covers Alaska, must include a Bald Eagle , so here is mine.

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Alaska Airlines Launching Biofuel Powered Commercial Service in US

Celsias

Alaska Airlines will fly 75 commercial passenger flights in the United States powered by biofuel, starting this Wednesday. Two maiden biofuel-powered flights will leave Seattle on Nov. 9 for Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore.

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.

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.

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. A rainbow trout with a stomach full of shrews! Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Shell Oil Rig Runs Aground in Gulf of Alaska

Celsias

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.

Iñupiaq ancient lore in video game

Indigenize

* * 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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New Ruling Allows Mother Wolves & Pups to be Killed on National Wildlife Refuges.

Elephant Journal

Despite years of relentless work by over 70 groups, including many from the Alaska area, the original ruling to protect these majestic, wild creatures will, tragically. Animal Rights Ecofashion Enlightened Society Green WAYLON: Today Only Alaska animal rights bears cruelty to animals hunting killing wolf pups natural refuge nature President Trump wildlife wolves

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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.

There is Something Better than Coffee. This is how I Get my Morning Buzz.

Elephant Journal

Enlightened Society Family Food Health & Wellness Alaska chef coffee friendship help someone out kindness Morning ritualActs of service to others are one way to empathize with the world and to begin the day with love.

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Alaska's Kodiak Island to get 3MW battery system

EcoFriend

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.

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

Celsias

Alaska Conservation Voters is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization. It seeks to be the political voice of the Alaska conservation community.It is an advocate for sound conservation policies that ensure a healthy environment and prosperous economy for this and future generations.

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

Celsias

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.

New Year’s resolutions for green travelers

Green Traveler Guides

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.

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

Celsias

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.

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. Bristol Bay salmon sport fishing The Nature Conservancy in Alaska world''s largest salmon run

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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