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Photo of Leah Eskelin on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Photo Credit:USFWS
A bear fishing for salmon in the shoals of Karluk Lake
Photo Credit: Marie McCann, USFWS

 
Meet Your Fish and Wildlife Service: Leah Eskelin
December 5, 2014

Leah Eskelin serves as a Park Ranger for Visitor Services at Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. She describes her typical summer day as “diverse and fast-paced.” She spends part of the day staffing the Visitor Center front desk, answering questions, decoding regulations, and planning camping and trail activities with guests. While she’s away from the front desk, she plans future interpretive programs, designs event flyers and Refuge signage and maintains the Facebook page, and a bunch of other stuff, too. In the winter, Leah catches her breath and starts planning for next summer.

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A bear fishing for salmon in the shoals of Karluk Lake - Photo Credit: Marie McCann, USFWS
A bear fishing for salmon in the shoals of Karluk Lake
Photo Credit: Marie McCann, USFWS

 
An Early Berry Crop Effects the Kodiak Brown Bear's Taste for Salmon
November 21, 2014

During the long days of summer, Kodiak’s brown bears beat well-worn paths along Refuge streams foraging for spawning sockeye salmon. The large quantity of this nutritious food has allowed the Kodiak brown bear to reach sizes and densities matched by only a few other places in the world.  In fact, over 2,500 Kodiak brown bears call the Refuge home, more than the entire lower 48 states. But in recent years salmon runs in southwestern Kodiak have been erratic and scientists have seen a drop in bear numbers within this area of the Refuge.  The bear population across the Archipelago and entire Refuge has remained largely stable. 

 


Steve (center) and friends hold up handfuls of spot prawn. Photo Credit: USFWS
Steve (center) and friends hold up handfuls of spot prawn. Photo credit: USFWS
 
Meet Your Fish and Wildlife Service: Steve Klein
November 20, 2014

Steve Klein serves as Chief of the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) Program for the Alaska Region. He supervises a team of three biologists, a fiscal officer and an administrative assistant to review and approve more than $50 million in grants to states and tribes annually. In partnership with Alaska, WSFR is conserving fish and wildlife, and providing diverse and abundant fishing, hunting, boating and shooting opportunities. Steve is an avid outdoorsman, father of three sons and grandfather of two.

 


	Katrina introduces a child to fishing. Credit: Sydney West
Katrina introduces a child to fishing.
Photo credit: Sydney West
 
Meet Your Fish and Wildlife Service: Katrina Mueller
October 22, 2014

Katrina Mueller serves as Fisheries Outreach Coordinator in Alaska. This means working with Field Offices and recognized Fish Habitat Partnerships to tell the public what is being done to conserve fish and their habitats. The breadth of projects and amount of media now available to tell these stories keep her on her toes. She also co-chairs the Alaska Region’s Connecting People with Nature Team and serves on the Polar Bear Recovery Team’s Communication Working Group. She and her family spend most of their free time hunting and fishing and enjoying Alaska's out-of-doors.

 

 

 


Walrus Photo credit: Bill Tracey
Walrus Photo credit: Bill Tracey
 
Walrus Haulout Near the Native Village of Point Lay
October 2, 2014

Declines in sea ice in late-summer in the Chukchi Sea over the last several years have caused Pacific walruses to more frequently haul out on land to rest instead of resting on offshore ice. A haulout has recently formed near the community of Point Lay and has garnered significant media and public interest. Walruses occupying coastal haulouts are vulnerable to human caused disturbances that can result in trampling related mortality.  The Native Village of Point Lay respectfully requests that people do not attempt to visit the haulout site at this delicate time.



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