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Alaska National Parks
12/09/2016 at 17:55. Facebook
#ParkScience Mitigating risk of nest predation appears to be the driving factor determining incubation strategies in shorebirds. A newly released study in the journal Nature reports results of a meta-analysis based on data contributed by multiple researchers worldwide and comprising information from 729 shorebird nests representing 91 populations 32 species. The authors found that although...
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Alaska National Parks
12/08/2016 at 16:25. Facebook
Bering Land Bridge Superintendent, Jeanette Koelsch talks about the connection of people and place and adaptation to climate change.

Jeanette Koelsch: climate change and indigenous culture in Alaska

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Alaska National Parks
12/08/2016 at 13:32. Facebook
Nature: Razor clam buffet for brown bears at Katmai National Park & Preserve. Learn more about the bears feasting on this buffet of clams in the new issue of Alaska Park Science [ Bit.ly Link ]. You will also find other science stories from Alaska’s coastal parks about oil spill preparedness, marine mammals, coastal archaeological sites, removing marine debris from park coasts, ocean...
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Alaska National Parks
12/07/2016 at 18:26. Facebook
Sneak Peek in a Park: Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park- Skagway, Alaska.

On Friday December 2nd, the park hosted a grand opening event debuting new exhibits at the visitor center and museum. Start planning your trip to the park now: [ Nps.gov Link ]

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Alaska National Parks
12/05/2016 at 22:57. Facebook
Cool things in the Klondike! Check out the new interactive and accessible exhibits that just opened!
Alaska National Parks
12/05/2016 at 15:00. Facebook
Monday Motivation: Cold weather is one of the most encouraging things I know. More than summer heat, which entices me to sit, the cold weather makes me move, run, play, in an attempt to stay warm.

You have to work to appreciate the cold. You can have a snowball fight, ice skate, or chop wood. And as you warm up, the cold starts to feel good. Ultimately, winter isn’t a time for sitting still...
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Alaska National Parks
12/04/2016 at 18:08. Facebook
Some Time Ago Story: Before the Klondike-Alaska Gold Rush, a handful of prospectors used the Yukon River as a highway on their restless search for gold. In 1893 eighty men left their gold mines on the Fortymile River in Canada when they heard news of a gold discovery at Birch Creek on the American side of the border. In the spring they staked claims and started mining on tributaries they...
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A great post from our friends at Alaska Geographic about the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) which was signed into law on this day in 1980.

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#ParkScience The largest landslide in North America since the collapse of Mount St. Helens in 1980 occurred last October. A mountain in Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve in southern Alaska sent 200 million metric tons of rock debris onto Tyndall Glacier and into Taan Fjord, creating a tsunami in excess of 600 feet—large enough to be measured at a tidal gauge nearly 100 miles away....
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Satellite Imagery: As Glaciers Melt, Landslide Risk Increases

One of North America's biggest landslides occurred in Icy Bay, Alaska in 2015. The slide, and subsequent tsunami were a direct result of the shrinking glacie...

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Nature: Trumpeter Swans that nest in Alaska winter mainly in coastal Southeast, coastal and interior British Columbia, and western Washington. Conserving migratory species is one of the greatest challenges facing NPS, particularly as human activities spread across areas used by migratory animals. For example, lead poisoning from spent shot pellets in lakes in Washington and British Columbia...
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Sneak Peek in a Park: Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve.

Walker Lake, a National Natural Landmark in the park.

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Monday Motivation: “Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

A new month is upon us. An opportunity to change our mindset - to do more. As the weather gets colder, don’t let it keep you inside. Go out and enjoy the world in all its seasons. The coldest nights are often the best for viewing stars, and the earliest waker gets to...
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Cultural Ties: The Cape Krusenstern beach ridge complex is the most extensive in Northwest Alaska, encapsulating over 5,000 years of human occupation and a record of past coastal environments. The approximately 9,000 acre complex contains over 70 distinct beach ridges, which together form a ‘horizontal stratigraphy’ where archeological remains date to progressively younger time periods as one...
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Glacier Bay may be far away for most of you, but find another national park near you and #OptOutside. #FindYourPark
Nature: Today we give thanks to youth volunteers! This story, told by youth, chronicles a marine debris cleanup effort in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve. There, they removed roughly 500 lbs of marine debris. Check it out [ Youtu.be Link ].

Marine Debris Cleanup in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve (Brian Britt)

Brian Britt, a youth videographer with the Alaska Teen Media Institute, shares his experience participating in a marine debris cleanup along Alaska's Western...

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Sneak Peek in a Park: Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.

Snow, fog, and hoarfrost create a winter wonderland in the park.

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Photo of the Week: Aurora season is here! Great photo Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Watch this great time lapse of the aurora:

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What do the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the Aleutian World War II National Historic Area have in common? Albert King. A local of New Bedford, Albert King also served in Adak during World War II. Check out his story here.

Adak Army Base and Adak Naval Operating Base National Historic Landmark is one of six National Historic Landmarks which document the lesser know...
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Monday Motivation: “There is more to life than simply increasing its speed.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

This is a good week to think about our friends, family, and taking some time for ourselves to relax. Winter chills are good excuses to stay inside and socialize. Breaks from work are good opportunities to have a breather and think of other things. If we let our stresses take over and bring our...
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Standing in the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve at 20,310 feet is Denali. Every year climbers head out for the top of the mountain, but not everyone makes it. Out of the 1,126 registered climbers only 676 made it to the summit this past summer, ending the season with a 60% successful summit rate. Thanks for sharing Fairbanks Alaska Centers Photo by Sean Tevebaugh