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

September 25th, 2014 · No Comments · 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 · No Comments · 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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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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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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Shell Backs Out of Arctic

January 30th, 2014 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Eiders can do a happy dance—Shell canceled its Arctic Ocean 2014 drilling plans today! After $1.1 million in Clean Air Act violations, sea ice delays (ice in the Arctic Ocean? Shocking!), a drill rig running aground in 2012, and last week’s court decision that federal offshore oil lease sales were based on “improper information” and […]

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Where do eiders go?

December 6th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Audubon Alaska’s Science Director Melanie Smith explains how we and our partners mapped out that answer, and where other important Arctic Ocean bird and wildlife habitat lies, to recommend places that shouldn’t be open for offshore drilling in this Alaska Public Radio story. (Photo: Male and female King Eiders) Share on Facebook

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How is China connected to Alaska?

November 26th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Bird Habitat

Birds connect us to the world. Listen to this episode of BirdNote to find out why the Yellow Sea in China is critical for Alaska’s shorebirds, such as this Bar-tailed Godwit. (Photo by Steve Maslowski, US Fish & Wildlife Service) Share on Facebook

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2013 Great American Arctic Birding Challenge

March 8th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

  Migration is already starting in some places, even as snow still blankets Alaska—so let the games begin! Arctic-nesting birds have ranges that reach all 50 states and 6 continents, so the migrating birds you see in your backyard or favorite birding spot could be headed to the Arctic for the summer. What better way […]

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Shell Announces a “Pause” for Arctic Ocean Drilling in 2013

February 27th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

After a long string of mishaps starting last August and including grounding its drill rig the Kulluk on New Year’s Eve, Shell finally admits it isn’t prepared to carry out exploration drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean in 2013. Audubon President and CEO David Yarnold is quoted in this Chicago Tribune article.   Share […]

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Fantastic News for Teshekpuk Lake and the Arctic

February 21st, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Today is a stellar day for the Arctic, especially Teshekpuk Lake. The Department of the Interior announced the final decision for the first-ever, area-wide management plan for the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska will protect 11 million acres of the most important bird and wildlife habitat from oil and gas leasing. This includes 3.1 million acres surrounding […]

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Grist takes a shot at Shell

January 14th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska

Even Grist online magazine is talking Important Bird Areas now, featuring a map created by Audubon Alaska. (Photo: East Sitkalidak Island by Stacy Studebaker, US Fish & Wildlife Service. Stacy is a Kodiak Island resident.)   Share on Facebook

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Audubon joins long list of conservation groups asking administration to suspend Arctic Ocean drilling

January 13th, 2013 · 1 Comment · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, National Audubon Society, Pacific Flyway

Following a long series of accidents, near-misses and reversals in Shell Oil’s attempts to drill in the icy Arctic environment, CEOs from several conservation groups, including the National Audubon Society, this week called on Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to suspect offshore oil and gas activities in the Arctic Ocean. Other groups that signed […]

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L.A.Times story on the Kulluk highlights Important Bird Areas

January 10th, 2013 · Comments Off · Arctic, Audubon Alaska, Important Bird Areas

Check out this L.A. Times update on the ongoing trials and tribulations of Shell’s drill rig the Kulluk, which ran aground near Kodiak Island on New Year’s Eve. (Photo: Black Scoter by Beth Peluso. Black Scoters are one of the species that winters in the Important Bird Area where the Kulluk ran ashore.) Share on […]

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