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Refuge Notebook: Records fall during 115th Christmas Bird Count

...bird species. This irruptive finch species is directly benefiting from the area's banner crop of spruce cones (see Matt Bowser's Aug. 15 Refuge Notebook article). This winter you cannot escape these ubiquitous and noisy flocks as they are...
An Outdoor View: Worms

...2010) that said earthworms have invaded the Kenai Peninsula. The author, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge biologist Matt Bowser, wrote that octagonal-tailed worms are already so well distributed on the Kenai Peninsula that "their eventual colonization...
Refuge Notebook: Futuristic method to identify insects becomes reality

...eliminate the time-consuming handling and identification of individual specimens the old fashioned way with a microscope. Matt Bowser serves as Entomologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. You can find more information at http://www.fws...
Fire footprint - ghosts of fires past

...this doesn't necessarily distinguish what burned or didn't burn in this fire. One of our refuge biologists, Matt Bowser, using an algorithm in MODIS, which is the same multispectral satellite imagery used to estimate the fire perimeter...
Buzz off!

...and Game website, to date, Alaska has yet to record a human or animal case of locally-acquired West Nile Virus. Matt Bowser, entomologist with the Kenai Wildlife Refuge, said the species most plaguing the area, at least near the refuge in...
Marketing 'Kenai' in the science world

...formally named after the Kenai Peninsula, variably called kenaiensis, kenaica, kenaii, or kenaiense. Just last month, Matt Bowser, entomologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, wrote a Refuge Notebook article about a new species of smut fungus...
'Milk chocolate crunch weevils' often seen in peninsula houses Peninsula houses. Photos by Matt Bowser The faint pitter-patter of little...rust, a fungal disease. Photo by Matt Bowser How can I get rid of them? Janice...into our man-made environments. Matt Bowser is a graduate student in entomology...
Refuge Notebook: Spruce mast events - feast or famine dealing with alternating and synchronized feasts and famines of the spruce mast cycle for the foreseeable future. Matt Bowser serves as Entomologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. You can find more information at http://kenai.fws...
Mystery defoliation at treeline in the Kenai Mountains

...discovered that much more is going on than meets the eye - at least from afar. Approaching the top of Skyline Trail with Matt Bowser and Libby Bella, the Refuge's entomologist and botanist, we found that the gray band is actually composed of several...
Nunataks and Noah's Ark

...arctic pennycress (Thlaspi arcticum), and dunhead sedge (Carex phaeocephala). In 2007, refuge biologists Ed Berg, Matt Bowser and I visited three nunataks in the Harding Icefield to survey vegetation, arthropods, and soil. These sites resembled...


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