Category: Conservation

Overflow Ice: Dangerous and Vital to Arctic Rivers

I was paddling down the upper Aichilik River in a small packraft. The Aichilik is a small, little-traveled river that flows north out of the eastern Brooks Range and across the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It was mid-June, and the river, normally clear and blue, was running high and murky with snowmelt. My two clients were…

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What Makes a Species? And Why it Matters.

A species should be an easy thing to define. Right? Well, actually no. Not one bit. Species are not always totally separate entities from their brethren. In many cases “species” are more like a gradient blending from one into another, without clear boundaries. As a result, there are ongoing discussions in the scientific world about how we define what does…

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Welcome Good News – Some Birds Adapting to Climate Change

I woke this morning feeling a desperate need for some kind of good news. Something to take my mind off, um, world events? I was grateful then, to open my email and find a news release about a new study of songbirds in Pennsylvania, published in the journal Global Change Biology. The researchers, Molly McDermott and Lucas DeGroote from the…

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Caribou Antlers- A surprising tool for researchers

As I was going through some old emails this morning, I stumbled on a 2013 paper that had been forwarded to me, but I never got around to reading. Moments ago, I finished perusing it and found it pretty darn fascinating, with some interesting potential for the future. First a little background: The Porcupine Caribou Herd is currently the second…

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