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Fire Season - arrived in the North in April this year, at least in some parts. See news stories from Northwest Alaska and Central Russia. With recent record wildfire seasons in many parts of the North, we are hopeful that this year will be a departure from the trend. A question that will play out over the coming weeks is whether there will be any lasting or new marine impacts from the warm Blob on the West Coast and the cold one on the East. This measured in the weather, ocean conditions and the health of marine life. See stories about the unusual (whale) mortality event on the Eastern US seaboard, and some unusual squid strandings in Unalaska. See also new LEO Posts about butterflies in Anvik Alaska and reindeer in Varanger Region of Norway. Mike Brubaker - Editor

Zane Hills Fire, Selawik National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, United States
Dan Bross, KUAC - Fairbanks / Alaska Public Media / April 21, 2017

A wildfire is burning in a remote area of northwest Alaska. The Alaska Fire Service reports that the Zane Hills Fire was discovered this week, and mapped at 1,900 acres.

Read article on Alaska Public Media



Zheleznogorsk, Krasnoyarskiy, Russia
The Siberian Times reporter / Siberian Times / April 25, 2017

Facilities for producing weapons grade plutonium believed safe despite fierce flames caused by wildfires.

Read article on Siberian Times



New York City, New York, United States
Tatiana Schlossberg / New York Times / April 28, 2017

Forty-one whales have died in the past 15 months along the Atlantic coast from North Carolina to Maine. Ten of the whales were killed by collisions with ships.On average, eight humpback whales are stranded each year and fewer than two are hit by ships.

Read article on New York Times



Unalaska, Alaska, United States
Zoë Sobel, Alaska's Energy Desk - Unalaska / Alaska Public Media / April 26, 2017

The novelty of seeing a jumbo squid in Unalaska is not wearing off: a second one washed ashore Monday night.

Read article on Alaska Public Media



Seward, Alaska, United States
Yereth Rosen / Alaska Dispatch News / April 19, 2017

A parasite-riddled seal afraid of the water is the first Alaska marine mammal rescued in 2017. The seal will not be returned to the wild if it continues to survive rehabilitation at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward.

Read article on Alaska Dispatch News



Anvik, Alaska, United States
Alberta Walker and Derek Sikes / LEO Network / April 19, 2017

Early butterfly observed south of the Kaiyuh Mountains along the west bank of the Yukon River.

Read post on the LEO Network



Varanger Halvo, Norway
Vigdis Johnsen / LEO Network / April 6, 2017

Harsh grazing conditions have been reported this winter due to some rainy days that have lead to ice cover on the ground.

Read post on the LEO Network



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