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Refuge Notebook: New aerial photography technology - little camera, big picture

...year. So we had little time to run complete tests if we wanted to cover some of those 200,000 acres. With refuge pilot-biologist Nate Olson, our first real test flight was a three hour gamble (that it would work) over 45,000 acres in the...
Refuge Notebook: Unveiling the secret lives of elusive wolverines, Part 2

...population density and DNA structure have been studied by various researchers. In the mid-1990s former refuge pilot-biologist Bill Larned and I conducted aerial surveys throughout mountain habitat on the Kenai Peninsula during winter and mapped...
Refuge notebook: The lives of trumpeter swans revealed

...directly across, stopping briefly on Hinchinbrook Island, before flying to Cordova and the Copper River Delta. Our pilot/biologist colleagues in southeast Alaska subsequently located our marked swans further down the coast at Cape Suckling, Icy...
A look back ...on a fun career!

...and Alaska family for your encouragement, support, and friendship. God bless you all. Rick Ernst will be the pilot-biologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge until May 3. You can find more information about the Refuge at http...
Performers stage ?Beauty and the Beast&rsquo

...scene from "Beauty and the Beast". Photo by Jenny Neyman The Bill to whom she refers is Bill Larned. Larned is a pilot biologist in his other life, and as such, is uniquely qualified for his several roles in the production. He is a jack-of-all-trades...
Loons are fascinating, highly specialized and exceptionally charismatic

...which I feel a special connection: their flight. That seems a fitting topic after spending my last 35 years as a pilot biologist flying amphibious aircraft on population surveys of loons and many other waterbirds. All things that fly under their...
Refuge loses 94 years of experience to retirements

...five experienced hands including Doug Palmer, Field Supervisor for the Kenai Fisheries Office, and Bill Larned, pilot-biologist for Migratory Birds. But this story is about the three employees who are retiring after many years at the Kenai...
On the refuge, two halves don't make a whole

...He is also adjunct faculty at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Colorado State University. Rick Ernst is the pilot-biologist for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. He is conducting a study to identify potential wildlife crossings between...
Authorities investigate death of Western Cook Inlet's resident walrus

...didn't realize his mistake, and started migrating northwest up the coastline and wound up in the Inlet. Bush pilots, biologists and commercial fishermen say they first saw a family of walruses -- perhaps four or five -- appear at the northern...


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