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Some Time Ago Story: Seventy-five years ago today, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which authorized the designation of military areas and removal of any or all people from these areas as deemed necessary or desirable. While many know the story of the Japanese American internment during World War II, Executive Order 9066 was also utilized for the evacuation and...
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02/18/2017 at 18:14. Facebook
Long week? Picture yourself curled up with a good book and a warm drink in one of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve's public use cabins, after a long day of National Park adventures. The excitement in Yukon-Charley Rivers may be dying down as the 34th Yukon Quest officially wraps up today, but winter is an excellent time to explore the quieter side of #Alaska’s National Parks.

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02/17/2017 at 17:30. Facebook
#ParkScience In 2016, Exit Glacier at #KenaiFjordsNationalPark retreated 78 m (252 ft), the largest annual retreat that has been recorded for the glacier. For comparison, the average rate of retreat over the past five years (2011 to 2015) was 44.4 m/year (162 ft/year). Much of this retreat occurred in August and September, following a change to the hydrology near the toe of the glacier....
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02/16/2017 at 21:59. Facebook
Photo Thursday: A Yukon Quest musher tends to his dog team under a colorful display of the northern lights.

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Learn more about the Yukon Quest at Slaven's Roadhouse on our website: go.nps.gov/yukonquest

Follow the race at Yukon Quest - Official Site.

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Alaska National Parks
02/16/2017 at 04:20. Facebook
Transboundary protected areas (sometimes called International Peace Parks) span more than one country. Within these units, political borders are removed as are all artificial barriers to permit free movement of animals and people. Outside the area, obstacles can be established to prevent prohibited migration. Currently, the United States and Canada share five Peace Parks, of which...
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Alaska National Parks
02/14/2017 at 19:24. Facebook
Nature: Happy Valentine's Day from the nurturing folks at Slaven's Roadhouse providing hospitality to dogs and mushers during the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.
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02/14/2017 at 19:06. Facebook
"Here's looking at you, kid."

Happy Valentine's Day from the Mountain Goats in Kenai Fjords National Park!

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Alaska National Parks
02/13/2017 at 15:00. Facebook
Monday Motivation: “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Love conquers all - for family, for friends, for places, and for like-minded souls. We are all taking the same path forward into the future. Take some time today to do what you love, or be with someone you love. There is no better cure for the blues than making...
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Cultural Ties: Robert Boon of Marianna, Arkansas joined the Arkansas National Guard in 1939, at the age of 16. "I wished to play in the band and there was no high school band and it provided free music lessons, a spending money check which was quite scarce during the Depression; and I also had fantasies about getting away from home," he recalled. Little did he know, that within a few years...
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ALEU WWII NHA - Robert Boon

Veteran Robert Boon recounts his experience in Dutch Harbor, Alaska during World War II. Aleutian World War II National Historic Area. www.nps.gov/aleu

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Who’s ready for the Denali Winterfest and centennial birthday? 100 years of Denali National Park and Preserve- now that’s something to celebrate. The Winterfest kickoff is right around the corner, starting on February 18th with a full day of arts outreach activities at Alaska Centers Fairbanks, the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitor Center. The activities will continue through February 26th...
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Denali Winterfest - Denali National Park & Preserve (U.S. National Park Service)

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#ParkScience Plastics, and other marine debris, are a huge problem in the ocean. They can entangle, strangle, and block the digestion of seabirds and mammals, and microparticles persist in the ocean food chain and lead to the bioaccumulation of toxins. Cleaning up marine debris from park beaches is a huge chore, but important to do. Check out our new story map of videos and photos that show...
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Keeping Alaska's Coastlines Clean

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Check out live posts from Slaven's Roadhouse in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve as the mushers and sled dogs of the Yukon Quest make there way through the 1,000 mile journey between Whitehorse, YT to Fairbanks, AK.

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Snow, we love it and need it. Snow is so vital to Alaska parks that we monitor changes in its extent, duration, and character. It is the predominant feature of climate at high latitudes. It protects and insulates the ground and low-lying plants, reduces desiccation, and maintains ground temperatures near the freezing level. Snow affects nutrient cycling, water quality, patterns in vegetation...
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Nature: Glacial landscapes are important habitat for many species, including Kittlitz’s Murrelets―rare seabirds living only in Alaska and northeast Russia. In Alaska, glaciers are changing rapidly and we know little about how this will affect murrelets and other species that depend on them. Most of the glaciers in our parks are retreating from their terminus― in Glacier Bay National Park and...
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Monday Motivation: “Some things just can't be described. And stepping onto the moon was one of them.” - Buzz Aldrin

As the night sky fills with light, the moon breaks up the darkness and illuminates our path through winter. Take some time and look up at the moon that is turning full this week. There are places in the world, even in the United States, where being there gives you a feeling not...
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Some Time Ago Story: In 1899, Company L of the 24th Infantry Regiment, was sent to Alaska to provide order during the Klondike Gold Rush. Learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers of Company L and their impact in Alaska with this great video from Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park- Skagway, Alaska.

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If you are in Fairbanks on Monday, February 6, catch Dr. Derek Sikes' presentation at 7 pm at the Noel Wien Library Auditorium. He will talk about the "charismatic microfauna" (insects) found during last year's bioblitz events in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Denali National Park, and Bering Land Bridge National Preserve.
#ParkScience Last week we posted about the loss of sea ice opening Arctic waters for increased shipping. An increase in shipping also increases the risk for oil spills. What would happen if there was an oil spill in the Arctic? #BeringLandBridgeNationalPreserve and Cape Krusenstern National Monument are both adjacent to the narrow Bering Strait. The National Park Service is working with the...
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Promoting Spill Preparedness in Western Arctic Parks with the Community Integrated Coastal Response Project

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For the last two days, elders and youth from Nondalton, Nenana & Nikolai gathered at Denali National Park and Preserve to discuss placenames, share stories, and connect with their cultural heritage.

Pictured: the group poses for a photo after a tasty workshop luncheon on Day 2!
New Bird Study @ [ Bit.ly Link ]: Arrival times of several migratory songbirds breeding in Denali National Park are more flexible than expected. Scientists found that long-distance migrants like Orange-crowned and Wilson’s warblers (both wintering as far south as Central America), were surprisingly flexible in time of arrival. Fox Sparrows, short-distance migrants, also varied in arrival...
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Subarctic‐breeding passerines exhibit phenological resilience to extreme spring conditions

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