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President Obama Recommends Permanent Protection for Arctic Refuge

January 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat

See President Obama announce his historic recommendation for permanent protection for the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge! This is the first time any administration has publicly supported protection for the critical coastal plain of the Arctic Refuge. The announcement bolstered the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the refuge. […]

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Rare Birds in the Aleutians

January 16th, 2015 · 3 Comments · Audubon Alaska, Birding, Pacific Flyway

Have you ever seen Far Eastern Curlew? A Taiga Bean Goose? Shemya Island is out near the end of Alaska’s Aleutian Chain. This US Fish and Wildlife Service report hot off the presses gives a great look at the rare and regular birds that visit there, including photos! Share on Facebook

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The Wreck of the Kulluk

January 6th, 2015 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

This New York Times article is a great summary of the dangers of trying to drill in the Arctic Ocean, as Shell has demonstrated with its long string of mishaps. The story includes the hair-raising rescue of the drill-rig the Kulluk’s crew, not by Shell, but by an incredible Coast Guard team. Share on Facebook

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Delta Junction, Alaska: New Bird on Christmas Bird Count

January 2nd, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Birding, Christmas Bird Count

Delta Junction-area birders participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count spotted a rare species not normally seen this far north in the winter. Previously, this species has only been found on a CBC as far north as the coastal town of Cordova, Alaska, 250 miles south  (and not on the road system!). Share on Facebook

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Good News for Bristol Bay, Alaska

December 16th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Pacific Flyway, seabirds

Obama’s gift to Bristol Bay: “no oil and gas development” offshore, protecting the world’s biggest wild sockeye salmon run! Those salmon in turn help support the millions of seabirds, waterfowl, and shorebirds that rely on the region for migration staging, breeding, and overwintering. Share on Facebook

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Forest Service Throwing Good Money After Bad in Tongass in Alaska

November 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Federal Policy

A new report shows the Forest Service’s Tongass National Forest budget isn’t living up the agency’s 2010 promise to transition out of old-growth logging in the nation’s largest national forest. The Tongass, in Southeast Alaska, is part of the largest swath of temperate rainforest remaining in the world. Instead of the promised transition, the Forest […]

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It’s Time for Arctic Refuge Wilderness

October 17th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Climate Change, How to help birds

This year, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, which has protected millions of acres of our most cherished landscapes. Yet one of the most wild and astonishing places in America is still in desperate need of the Act’s protection – the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The Arctic Refuge is a haven […]

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Oil Companies Ask to Skimp on Spill Cleanup Equipment for Arctic Ocean

September 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Pollution, seabirds

Oil companies pushing to drill in the Arctic Ocean in 2015 want to cut spending by skimping on oil spill cleanup equipment. Here’s a review of Shell’s string of careless mishaps during its 2012 Arctic season: its oil well containment dome “crumpled like a beer can” during testing in mild weather near Seattle, it grounded […]

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Testing the Waters: Scientists Train in Arctic Ocean for Oil Spill Response

September 18th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Pollution, Science, seabirds

Nothing beats hands-on experience, especially when dealing with an unpredictable place such as the Arctic Ocean. Scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration just spent several weeks on the US Coast Guard icebreaker Healy to test out what an oil spill response in the Arctic Ocean would entail. Listen to this podcast about the […]

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Wilderness Celebrates 50 Years

September 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird conservation, seabirds

Happy 50th Anniversary to the Wilderness Act, which has protected our wild heritage across the country! Wilderness areas help protect habitat for birds such as Marbled Murrelets, seabirds which nest in old-growth forest, in the Kootznoowoo Wilderness in Southeast Alaska and Cummins Creek Wilderness in Oregon. The Farallon Wilderness in California protects nesting habitat for […]

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Forest Service Old-Growth Timber Sale in Tongass

August 22nd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat

The Forest Service announced it will be moving forward with the Big Thorne timber sale, the largest old-growth timber sale on the Tongass National Forest in Alaska in decades. It certainly doesn’t sound like the transition out of old growth the Forest Service has been promising for the last 4 years! Share on Facebook

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Sandhill Crane Migration Starting in Alaska!

August 12th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

Sandhill Cranes are calling in the skies over Alaska as they gather for fall migration. The Tanana Valley Sandhill Crane Festival in Fairbanks at the Creamer’s Field Important Bird Area is coming up 8/22-8/24. This Smithsonian Magazine article gives a great overview of Sandhill Crane migration. Share on Facebook

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Bike and BIrd Day 2014 a Success!

August 5th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway

A rainy morning gave way to a gorgeous sunny day for the 3rd annual Bike and Bird Day on the Anchorage Coastal IBA in Alaska! See the species total and more photos Audubon Alaska Facebook page. Share on Facebook

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Shorebirds Headed Your Way from Arctic Refuge!

August 1st, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, fall migration, Pacific Flyway, Pacific Migration

Keep an eye out for shorebirds, such as this Semipalmated Plover. Shorebirds that nest in the Arctic Refuge are already starting their journey south! Females tend to depart first, then males, followed by juveniles about 2-4 weeks after the adults. Amazingly, the young birds undertake their first migration without adult supervision. Share on Facebook

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Scientists Call for End to Old-Growth Logging in the Tongass

June 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Working lands conservation

Yesterday, two former Chiefs of the Forest Service and more than 70 other top scientists called on President Obama to end old-growth logging. In particular, the scientists said that the best strategy for Pacific rainforests such as the Tongass National Forest in Alaska is “to establish conservation reserves and leave them alone.” The scientists included […]

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