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26 years after Exxon Valdez Oil Remains

March 24th, 2015 · No Comments · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Today is the anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, at the time the worst human-caused environmental disaster in U.S. history (now eclipsed by the Deepwater Horizon spill). Twenty-six years later, oil still lingers in Alaska’s Prince William Sound. Drilling in the Arctic Ocean would be even riskier! Share on Facebook

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Chemical contaminants suspect in mystery of Alaska chickadee beak deformities

February 17th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird conservation, Pacific Flyway

Chickadees and other birds with beak deformities first started appearing in Anchorage, Alaska in the 1990s. The problem is spreading, with deformities now in Fairbanks, Alaska, south to Puget Sound, and even as far away as Great Britain. New research shows contaminants may be the cause. Share on Facebook

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Audubon Alaska Is Searching for GIS Biologist

February 4th, 2015 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska

Do you believe strongly in the power of science to further conservation? Audubon Alaska is currently looking for a GIS Biologist to join our innovative science team! This position would be based in our Anchorage, Alaska office. See details or apply online. Share on Facebook

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President Obama Recommends Permanent Protection for Arctic Refuge

January 26th, 2015 · Comments Off · 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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