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YUKON FLATS: Village Youth Help the Refuge as Fledgling Biologists
Alaska Region, August 7, 2009
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Venetie Village students deploy one of twelve minnow traps at Big Lake to monitor presence of fish.
Venetie Village students deploy one of twelve minnow traps at Big Lake to monitor presence of fish. - Photo Credit: n/a

Continuing a Challenge Cost Share project initiated in 2004, nine students from rural villages of Chalkyitsik and Venetie helped Yukon Flats Refuge this summer by monitoring local lakes on private lands that are a stopover for thousands of migrating waterfowl and an important subsistence food for local residents.

 

Students inventoried lakes for fish, water quality, invertebrates, ducks and dragonflies while learning to use a Global Positioning System and operate radio-telemetry equipment.  Chalkyitsik students observed several thousand molting ducks daily while Venetie students observed 16 broods of ducks.  Although no fish were found in either lake the waters were teeming with invertebrates and ducks.

 

The Refuge is grateful to Chalkyitsik and Venetie Village Councils and local schools for help organizing these projects, which provide hands on biological experience for local youth while giving the Refuge an opportunity to monitor key wildlife resources on private lands and strengthen our working relationship with the villages.   

 


Contact Info: Mark Bertram, 9074560446, mark_bertram@fws.gov



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