AFE 2021: Are Alaska’s Salmon Already in Hot Water?

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Warming temperatures in Alaska’s rivers and streams pose a risk for pacific salmon as they return to their spawning habitat. The rivers and streams across Alaska’s landscape now span a wide range of summer water temperatures from near freezing (~32 °F/0 °C) to warm and balmy (>70 °F/21 °C). The warmest part of this water temperature range (>64 °F/18 °C) ...

AFE 2021: Eyes on Alaska Forests – What’s Happening in Science, Inventory and Monitoring

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Understanding the status of our Alaska forests is critical for timber industry, natural resources managers, communities, and vital for long term conservation practices. Join us for a virtual technical session describing Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) work and the dynamics of forests in coastal and interior Alaska. We will share how forest inventory data are collected, providing updates on the ...

AFE 2021: Hot Topics in Invasive Species Management

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Invasive species pose a growing threat to all our natural resources in Alaska. Invasive species prevention and management activities are conducted in Alaska and can help slow the developing threats. This session will introduce participants to three invasive species hot topics: biosecurity practices, invasive pike management, and invasive chokecherry trees. Participants will gain familiarity with these hot topics, and an ...

AFE 2021: A Subsistence Way of Life – Before and After the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

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The 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) significantly altered wild food harvest practices and ways of life in many coastal communities including Cordova, Chenega, Tatitlek, Nanwalek, and Port Graham. The Division of Subsistence at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) has conducted household surveys to assess subsistence harvests in these communities since the 1980s. In collaboration with the ...

AFE 2021: HazWoper Refresher #2

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Training provided by Environmental Management Inc. This class is required annually to remain in compliance with 29 CFRR 1910.120 and provides review of the 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response class, covers new rules and regulations passed in the last year, and discusses problems encountered in field response, new waste disposal techniques, and health issues. This course is open ...

AFE 2021: Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival: LIVE FROM THE MUDFLATS!

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Every year, approximately 12 million shorebirds use the Copper River Delta as they travel north to their nesting grounds. Join USFS Wildlife Biologist Erin Cooper for a live broadcast (weather permitting) on the mudflats of the Copper River Delta during the spring shorebird migration to learn more about the wetlands of the delta and the birds that use them.Presenters: Erin ...

AFE 2021: Getting Started with Gardening and Agriculture in Alaska

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If you’re looking to start or improve gardening or agriculture projects or build local food security in your community, then this session is for you! The University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service offers a variety of programs to help gardeners and agricultural projects succeed in Alaska. This session will introduce participants to the steps involved in successful gardening and ...

AFE 2021: Invasive Species in Alaska – Citizen Science and Educational Opportunities That Could Make a Difference in Your Community

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Invasive species are a growing threat to Alaska ecosystems, natural resources, and the economy. Opportunities exist for public participation in the inventory, management, and understanding impacts of invasive species on natural resources of Alaska. This session will introduce participants to citizen science, and educational opportunities for invasive species projects in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial environments. Three examples of such projects ...

AFE 2021: Our Sacred Place: Protecting St. George’s Environment and Culture Through Creation of the St. George Unangan Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

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This session will show a short film entitled Aguggum Tanaa (Our Sacred Place) about St. George's interest in creating a national marine sanctuary will be screened. The film will be followed by a discussion of St. George's globally significant marine environment and the significance and opportunities provided by its national marine sanctuary nomination. Presenters: Patrick Pletnikoff, Mayor of St. GeorgeWilliam ...

AFE 2021: What happened? COASST 2020 Monitoring Program Results

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Join us to hear the latest reports on marine ecosystem health from monitoring efforts across Alaska, including Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR), the Aleut Community of St. Paul Ecosystem Conservation Office (ECO), and the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). We will discuss seabird mortality events, harmful algal blooms, and implications for the local communities making essential ...

AFE 2021: Die-off Alert Training – Seabird Mortality Event Reporting

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Coastal communities in Alaska are witnessing a changing marine environment, including rising ocean temperatures, shifting fisheries, and increases in disease and toxic algal blooms. COASST, BeringWatch, the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council and the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service have teamed up to work with coastal communities to track seabird die-offs in Alaska. Die-off Alert ...

AFE 2021: Chugach Regional Resources Commission and Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute’s Water Quality Monitoring Program Update

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The ocean acidification program, conducted by the Alutiiq Pride Marine Institute (APMI) and Chugach Regional Resources Commission (CRRC), has been bridging the gap between western science and residents of coastal communities in Southcentral Alaska. The continuous ocean acidification monitoring by APMI and discrete ocean acidification samples and exposure studies provide climate data for researchers to utilize in studying trends and ...

AFE 2021: Exploring Alaska’s Wildflowers

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Discover the wonder of Alaska’s wildflowers! Learn the role flowers play in a plant’s life cycle, find out how to identify common summer wildflowers, and explore drawing like a naturalist to focus on the details of the flowers you find. Please have 1-2 sheets of paper and writing/drawing supplies onhand. Presenter: Maia Draper-Reich, Education Technician at the Bureau of Land ...

AFE 2021: Alaska’s Changing Wildfire Environment

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This session will be an overview of Alaska’s vast, complex, and changing wildfire environment. Highlights recent wildfire trends in Alaska, their impacts to humans and wildlife, and the strong relationship between wildfire managers and scientists to improve fire-related decision making. Presenter: Zav Grabinski, Alaska Fire Science ConsortiumModerator: Jessie Moan, US Forest Service

AFE 2021: Documenting Rare and New Species of Fungi in Southcentral Alaska

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This presentation will cover why Southcentral Alaska is special for mushrooms, how we are harnessing citizen science and fungus themed events to expand our knowledge, and some of the rare and interesting fungi found in Southcentral Alaskan Forests.Presenter: Kate Mohatt, US Forest ServiceModerator: Erin Cooper, US Forest Service