Roughly the size of Delaware, Baranof Island in Southeast Alaska is the smallest of the ABC Islands (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof) Group.
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Glacier icefields cover a significant part of Alaska and they effect the state’s resource based economy. Power generation, tourism activities and fish productivity are all influence by the behavior of glaciers. Glacier change from icefield to ocean affects Alaska’s future. Shad O’Neel, a researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey has coauthored a paper that begins […]
In the spirit of the season, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has published a detailed species profile for Santa’s flying reindeer. Heard, but seldom seen, this rare animal is popular with children across the world. In a press release, ADF&G says, “Santa’s reindeer (Rangifer tarandus saintnicolas magicalus) look very similar to common […]
The vast forested areas of Alaska covered by spruce, aspen, poplar and birch trees, overlying permafrost soils are known as a boreal forest. The boreal forests that spread across the circumpolar north represent one of the largest ecosystems found in the world. An environment rich in wildlife; the boreal forest is influenced by severe winters, […]
Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks announced the discovery of a unique Snow Scorpionfly species in Alaska. The tiny insect is described as being cryptic, enigmatic, strange and so rare as to defy initial identification. A possible predecessor to fleas, the minute creature was found on the northern half of Prince of Wales Island […]
Outbreaks of a high contagious and deadly variant of the avian influenza virus have been widely reported. Known specifically as a highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1 (HPAI A H5N1), the public often hears this virus referred to as H5N1 flu. Avian flu surveillance interests Alaskans because of our unique […]