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YUKON FLATS: Students In Alaska Monitor Change At “Big Lake”
Alaska Region, November 20, 2010
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Sloan Frank, a student at John Fredson school in Venetie Alaska, sets a minnow trap in Big Lake.  Students spent the week learning about wetland habitats and the Yukon Flats Refuge that surrounds their village. (Mark Bertram, USFWS, 8/12/10)
Sloan Frank, a student at John Fredson school in Venetie Alaska, sets a minnow trap in Big Lake. Students spent the week learning about wetland habitats and the Yukon Flats Refuge that surrounds their village. (Mark Bertram, USFWS, 8/12/10) - Photo Credit: n/a

Five students from the village of Venetie worked with the Refuge this past summer to continue wetlands monitoring of Venetie Lake, called “Big Lake” by the locals.  Lakes near villages in the Yukon Flats are situated on private lands, and often provide significant habitat for waterfowl and offer a stopover point for thousands of migratory birds.  Such is the case at Big Lake. 

Students inventoried the lakes for presence of fish, collected invertebrates, counted ducks, netted and identified dragonflies, and learned how to use a Global Positioning System and radio-telemetry equipment.  A village elder joined the team and shared her knowledge of the area from long ago when she was a little girl.  Apparently in the early 1940’s water levels in the lake were much higher, there was more connectedness with local streams, and fish were abundant.  Today, lake levels are much lower and, although no fish were found, the waters were teeming with invertebrates and ducks were plentiful.

The Refuge is grateful to the Venetie Village Council and John Fredson school for assisting in organizing this project.  This program provides hands-on biological experience for local youth, an opportunity for the Refuge to more effectively monitor significant resources on private lands, and an opportunity to further our working relationship with village residents.  


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



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