People living in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta felt something unusual this past holiday weekend: a heat wave. Temperatures crept close to 90 degrees in many parts of the region.
Unidentified urban garden spider. Without a photo or a specimen, confirmation of the species is impossible.
A burying beetle was seen for the first time by an observer in Tuntutuliak.
Our operations and maintenance staff do their best to insure all mechanical systems are functioning properly. But several factors limited their ability to respond, including significant smoke from the Swan Lake wildfire.
Smoke and soot from central Alaska wildfires have afflicted the subarctic city of Fairbanks with some of the world's worst air pollution in recent days, forcing many residents indoors and prompting one hospital to set up a "clean air shelter."
A hazy shade of summer.
The city is so parched and hot that even a cigarette tossed into a pile of fluffy cottonwood fiber could ignite a fire.
Unusually high abundance of rusty tussock moth caterpillars in the Nome area.
Due to 'extreme fire danger,' all open fires have been banned across much of Yukon, effective immediately.
Hundreds of dead sand lance (Ammodytes hexapterus) found along the shores of White Sands beach.
"Our temperatures reached 83 degrees, and seem to be getting hotter! We think that maybe the warm water has something to do with the humpy die off?"
Village wildlife observers worry that the unusual warmth of oceans off Alaska is causing problems throughout the ecosystem.
A smoke respite room has been set up at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. The Chandler Room on the first floor will be open 24 hours a day until further notice.
The science director for Cook Inletkeeper, a nonprofit organization that monitors the health of Cook Inlet, wrote a paper two years ago on what salmon streams might be like in the future with climate change.
Subsistence families along the Kuskokwim River are cutting open fish to find white balls or white streaks deforming the meat.
In Southeast Alaska this summer, researchers have seen extremely high levels of harmful toxins in mussels and clams plucked from beaches.
Unusually high abundance of caterpillars in the Nome River Valley.
There’s little relief from the daytime heat in the forecast for the rest of the holiday weekend.