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YUKON FLATS: Lake Monitoring by Local Youth - Venetie, Alaska
Alaska Region, September 9, 2013
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"Nobody Home" Student intern Patience Tackett-Moore, inspects a nest box on Big Lake, Venetie, Alaska. - Photo Credit: Mark Bertram, FWS 2013

Twelve students from the village of Venetie worked with the Yukon Flats Refuge staff this summer to complete a sixth year of wetlands monitoring and habitat restoration efforts at Venetie Lake, called “Big Lake” by the locals. The lake, surrounded by private lands, offers the Refuge an opportunity to collect waterfowl information and improve nesting opportunities for cavity nesting birds on lands not easily accessible to the Refuge, and more importantly, provide a learning opportunity for local youth while strengthening the relationship between the Refuge and Venetie residents.
Students checked the status of 9 next boxes, inventoried ducks, collected invertebrates, deployed fish traps, collected dragonflies and other insects, and learned to operate radio telemetry receivers, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), compasses, and digital cameras.


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



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