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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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Pacific Flyway thanks Secretary of Interior for Izembek Decision

June 23rd, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat, Important Bird Areas, Pacific Flyway, Uncategorized

Audubon chapters and state offices in the Pacific Flyway, joined by the California Waterfowl Association and Washington Brant Foundation, thanked Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell for her science-based decision to keep Izembek National Wildlife Refuge intact. Nearly the entire world population of Pacific Brant rely on Izembek during spring and fall migration. Share on Facebook

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WINNER of Alaska 2014 Bird of the Year!

March 31st, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska

The feathers have been flying furiously the last few days, but we now have a winner of the 2014 Alaska Bird of the Year election! The winner is (cue the bugling of Sandhill Cranes)… The long-distance migration world-champion the Bar-tailed Godwit! Starting with a strong lead, the Bar-tailed Godwit managed to keep just a wingspan […]

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Vote by Midnight for Alaska Bird of the Year!

March 28th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska

Candidate Species Short-tailed Albatross spend much of their life on the wing, sometimes flying from nesting grounds in Japan or Midway Island to Alaska waters to feed while raising a chick. This video catches that amazing transformation from clumsy land bird to royalty of the skies. Voting for Bird of the Year ends at midnight […]

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Vote for Audubon Alaska’s Bird of the Year this Week!

March 25th, 2014 · Comments Off · Audubon Alaska, Birding

                What species from the Alaska WatchList should be Audubon Alaska’s next Bird of the Year? The bodacious Bar-tailed Godwit, the show-stopping Short-tailed Albatross, or the legendary Lesser Yellowlegs? YOU make the call! The Bird of the Year will be the spokesbird on Audubon Alaska’s 2014 window decals, […]

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Exxon Valdez: Everlasting Disaster

March 24th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s beautiful Prince William Sound. Cordova, a coastal fishing town hit hard by the spill, is home to David Janka. He was there the day of the spill; 25 years later, he shares his thoughts and photos with Audubon Alaska. The photos of […]

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Great American Arctic Birding Challenge Starts March 1!

February 26th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

2014 Great American Arctic Birding Challenge Starts March 1! Let the games begin! Birds from across the country migrate to the Arctic to nest—how many can your team find in your state? The Challenge runs March 1-June 1. So find a warbler expert, your friend with the top-of-the-line scope, or someone with supersonic hearing to […]

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