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Fire footprint - ghosts of fires past

...forest. But, again, 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...
Refuge notebook: A different way of 'looking' at sound

...Hiking there, you accept that you are very unlikely to get away from the hustle and bustle of the human world. Refuge biologists have been studying sounds within the landscape, or soundscape, to identify areas that are most and least affected...
New wildlife refuge visitor center taking shape

...Jason Hayes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service project manager, said when the nest was abandoned in early June, refuge biologist Todd Eskelin gave the OK for work to continue. "It was a judgment call to shut down or get a permit to continue...
Refuge Notebook: Defining Wilderness in a climate changing world

...between what we have now and what my cloudy crystal ball is telling me. But this scenario does highlight the need for Refuge biologists to think creatively about how to "restore" Wilderness in a climate-changing world within the bounds set by Congress...
Refuge Notebook: Fall outdoor fun at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

...Eskelin at 260-2811 to pre-register or for more information. October 12: The Big Sit, 1-2:30 p.m. - Join Refuge biologists and rangers at Lower Skilak Campground in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area for bird watching, kid's activities...
Refuge Notebok: When encountering a 'mystery' bird, utilize local expertise

...can. Then contact the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge at 262-7021. Ask to speak with or leave a message with a Refuge biologist. You may be asked to email the photo or describe it in detail. The biologist may even want to see the bird if your...
Refuge notebook: Dark skies, new telescope cause for celebration

On a recent winter's night one of our Refuge biologists out doing owl surveys in the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area witnessed a convoy of cars heading down the icy road. These visitors...
Refuge notebook: New refuge biologist-pilot embraces challenges

I awoke this morning and, after a short period of disorientation, a single song lyric popped into my head. "? Mama Mama many worlds I've come since I first left home" from the 1970 Grateful Dead song "Brokedown Palace.
Refuge notebook: The lives of trumpeter swans revealed

...range northward since 1968 by providing more swan habitat and longer growing seasons. On the Kenai Peninsula, as refuge biologist John Morton reported in 2011, the trumpeter swan population remained around 30 nesting pairs from 1957 through 1984...
Refuge pilot shares a learning experience

...carries new risks. One project in particular reminded me of Roger's wisdom. The mission was to fly Tim Mullet, a Refuge biologist, to several lakes to set up environmental monitoring equipment. With so much snow, this seemed like a dream mission...


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