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New wildlife refuge visitor center opens

...called "From Icefields to Oceans," which depicts the variety of habitats found on the Kenai Peninsula, including wetlands, tundra, and streams. Refuge staff co-designed the exhibit with contracted artists from Split Rock Studios, based in Minnesota...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-05-02/new-wildlife-refuge-visitor-center-o
News
Voices of Alaska: Gwich'in vs. climate change

...migration for the Porcupine caribou herd. The forage habitat of caribou is shrinking with increased forest fires and a shifting tundra. As temperatures warm, the loss of permafrost increases and with it an increase in the loss of caribou habitat. As climate...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2015-04-12/voices-of-alaska-gwichin-vs-clima
Opinion
Native American studio releases Inupiat game

...villages. You can also play as an Inupiaq girl named Nuna and her arctic fox sidekick traversing an endless blizzard on the tundras of Alaska, escaping hungry polar bears, navigating treacherous ice floes and exploring the traditional folklore and stories...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-11-23/native-american-studio-releases-inup
News
Stability, extra grip make fat-tire biking a hit

...along beaches or across the snow, and there are fat-bike races, including 1,000-mile Iditasport races across the snowy tundra of Alaska."It brings people back to cycling: 'Oh, I used to do that, that was fun,'" said Koitzsch, who has been...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-04-09/stability-extra-grip-make-fat-ti
Outdoors
Refuge Notebook: What do you value about living on the Kenai Peninsula?

...dumping more water and silt into our rivers. Non-glacial streams are getting warmer even as salmon seek colder waters. Alpine tundra and lowland wetlands are being colonized by trees and shrubs. White spruce forests killed by bark beetles are converting to...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-04-09/refuge-notebook-what-do-you-valu
Outdoors
BLM clears way for petroleum reserve development

...disappointment with the decision, saying it would allow for construction of an 8-mile road through sensitive wetlands and tundra. The groups called on BLM to make sure that special areas set aside within the reserve for protection remain protected.The...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-02-14/blm-clears-way-for-petroleum-reserve
News
Refuge Notebook: Finding the meaning of the moose

...theme behind the new exhibit hall is "Icefield to Ocean," a nod to the Refuge's broad mix of habitat types. Icefield, tundra, boreal forest, wetlands and rivers are all represented. It's why the Kenai Peninsula is often called "Alaska in Miniature...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-02-26/refuge-notebook-finding-the-mean
Outdoors

...National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation...you'll still see awe-inspiring dramatic scenery, from barren tundra to alpine meadows and ponds, with stunning views of 14,255-foot...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2014-08-14-0
Outdoors
Refuge Notebook: Celebrating marmots

...alpine habitats south of the Yukon River including our Kenai Mountains. Hoary marmots (Marmota caligata), sometimes called "tundra bears," are mostly gray with a darker lower back and face and a dark, reddish tail. They have a white patch between their...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-01-08/refuge-notebook-celebrating-marm
Outdoors
Refuge Notebook: Missing the missing snow

...are then released and redistributed across the landscape. For example, snow melt provides an important source of nitrogen in tundra ecosystems. Snow plays a dual role in terms of temperature regulation. Fresh snow has a high albedo, meaning it reflects...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-01-03/refuge-notebook-missing-the-miss
Outdoors

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