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Refuge Notebook: Breeding Bird Surveys - Quick! Three Beers!

...their young. Today, our first 39 destination points were along Skilak Lake Road, with the remaining 11 being on Mystery Creek Road. The survey is conducted by stopping every half mile and listening to the songs for 3 minutes. Simultaneously...
Refuge Notebook: Defining Wilderness in a climate changing world

...Here on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, 1.3 million acres are designated as Kenai Wilderness in three units: Mystery Creek, Andrew Simons, and Dave Spencer. The Wilderness Act defines Kenai Wilderness for us: "A wilderness, in contrast...
Refuge notebook: A different way of 'looking' at sound

...human-made noise. Sound recorders were placed at over 60 different locations on the refuge such as Caribou Hills, Mystery Creek, and Skilak Lake. These recorders captured a minute of sound or silence every half hour. These recordings were uploaded...
Mystery Creek road to close

Refuge managers Thursday announced the seasonal closure of Mystery Creek Road and Pipeline road. As the weather worsens, conditions on the road have deteriorated to the point that vehicles are getting...
Shantatalik Creek fire bodes well for peninsula wildlife" birch regeneration and abundant moose herds in the winter. The somewhat older 1974 Pipeline Road burn in the Mystery Creek-Chickaloon River area is a similar young birch forest on a severe burn with abundant winter moose. On the opposite...
Take your best shot

...this young spike-antlered animal seen feeding in the Mystery Creek area recently. Wildlife authorities say there have...wasted, both about two weeks ago. One was found in the Mystery Creek area (in Sterling), and the other was off of Escape...
Habitat changes brings moose population decrease in Kenai Peninsula

...factor is that hardwood trees that moose eat are being taken over by spruce as the forest in the Swanson River and Mystery Creek area ages. Human-caused forest fires in 1947 and 1969 scorched the landscape near Sterling and Kenai, triggering...
Mountain trail open windows to the wilderness

...different drainage systems. Lower Fuller Lake drains south into the Kenai River while Fuller Lake drains north into Mystery Creek. The ridge line rising to the west of Fuller Lake is the beginning of a traverse that leads to Skyline Trail to the...
New forest, just add fire

...refuge manager. As evidence Hall points to the nearby Mystery Creek area, where prescribed fires in the late 1980s, ?90s...lush with young growth. Clarion file photo ?(The Mystery Creek area) now has a huge component of birch, willow and...
Riding mountain bikes on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge - or not

...vehicles. In other words, you can ride your bike down Skilak Loop Road, Swanson River and Swan Lake roads, and on Mystery Creek Road in the fall when it's open for hunting. But don't ride your mountain bike on refuge trails. The good news...


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