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“Field Notes”: Monthly Newsletter Focuses on Current Research in Circumpolar North

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Keep track of polar field service activities through the newsletter of the National Science Foundation’s arctic logistics contractor: VECO Polar Resources (VPR). Involved in over 100 research projects in Canada, Greenland, and the Circumpolar North, VPR provides transportation, field equipment, camp management, and safety training for field researchers through a global network of service providers. [...]

Environmental Groups and Alaska Natives Look at Land Swap Proposal for Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, March 29th, 2008

With gas prices on the rise, and time running out on a “lame duck” U.S. administration, advocates for a land swap deal in the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge push hard for a quick timeline and approval of a land proposal before the November elections in the U.S. The proposal could open up 110,00 acres [...]

Featured Web Media: Arctic Immersion in 360 degrees

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

VR magazine (issue 29) features on-line photo galleries of arctic landscapes in 360 degrees. Lead stories include a photo expedition to Svalbard by Jordi Clariana, photos from the Hornsund Polar Station on Spitsbergen by Polish field assistant Witek Kaszkin, and an interview with Dr. Matt Nolan on field seasons and climate research in arctic Alaska [...]

Featured Web Media: The Whale Hunt (a Visual Experiment in Storytelling and New Media)

Tuesday, January 1st, 2008

With photographs at least every 5 minutes from 1:20 AM (May 1, 2007) until 12:30 PM (May 07, 2007), media artists Jonathan Harris and collaborator Andrew Moore document traditional Inupiat lifestyles and a subsistence hunt for two bowhead whales at Barrow, Alaska. The Whale Hunt includes a cast, a set of contexts leading from New [...]

2007 Watchlist from Audubon Identifies Birds at Risk in North America and Hawaii

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Drawing on new data and first hand observation from citizen birders in U.S. and Canada, Audubon issues a watchlist for 2007 and highlights birds in rapid decline, and in some cases near extinction. “Identifying the species at greatest risk is the first step toward saving them. It helps target public policies, funding support, conservation initiatives [...]

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Chuitna River in Alaska Added to Endangered Rivers List For 2007

Friday, April 20th, 2007

Alaska community and environmental groups unite in media campaign to raise awareness for impacts of proposed coal mine in watershed of the Chuitna River in the Cook Inlet near Anchorage Alaska. The advocacy group American Rivers added the Chuitna to their list of endangered rivers for 2007, citing water quality and impacts on crucial salmon [...]

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New Totem Pole Finds Home in Chicago Field Museum

Friday, April 6th, 2007

A new totem pole at the Chicago Field Museum draws on historical connections both near and far. The work is a collaboration of master Chilkoot-Tlingit carver Nathan Jackson and family, and is presented to the Field Museum as a gift of the Cape Fox Corporation and the Tlingit community of Saxman, Alaska. In 2001, the [...]

Gretel Ehrlich and The Ukiivik Far North Expedition

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

She was struck by lightening in 1993 (Match to the Heart), her first book of prose received significant acclaim and won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award (Solace of Open Spaces), and now she sets out on a year long journey of the Circumpolar North for a book “the Farthest North: The End of Ice” [...]

Inupiaq Community of Shishmaref in the National Spotlight

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

Al Gore was on the Hill yesterday speaking to legislators about climate change and our energy culture, and drew large crowds to the compelling nature of the issue, the urgency for change, and the political theater of his testimony. But Gore wasn’t the only story on climate change in the news yesterday. As a prelude [...]

SnowSTAR 2007 Barrenlands Traverse

Friday, March 16th, 2007

Five Americans and three Canadians set out today for their 3,000 mile snowmobile journey across the arctic from Circle, Alaska, to Baker Lake, Nunavut. It’s part of the scientific program of the International Polar Year, and is funded by the National Science Foundation. They will visit 11 villages, dozens of historical locations, document snow conditions [...]