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Lake Change - Flying across the North in summer you can see watermarks from past lake shores. This week we see an article about low water cancellation of the Kluane Lake fishing derby in Northwest Territories, and also LEO Network observations from Hooper Bay and Port Heiden, Alaska. In Hooper Bay the story is lake drying and vegetation change. In Port Heiden it is the advance notice of a huge lake draining event expected in the coming months. See also an observation from Vermont about changing tick range, density and impacts. The 'ice curtain' that has protected the north from ticks and other invasives is now thawing. It signals the end of an era, with huge implications for wildlife and community health. Mike Brubaker

Kodiak, Alaska, United States
Kayla Desroches / KMXT - Kodiak / June 2, 2017

The last few years of warm weather means that more apples and even pears have popped up around town.

Read article on KMXT - Kodiak



Kluane Lake, Yukon Territory, Canada
CBC News / June 10, 2017

The Kluane Lake Fishing Derby won't happen this Canada Day weekend, because organizers say it's become too hard to launch a boat. The lake's water level has dropped significantly, since a retreating glacier stopped feeding the lake with melt water.

Read article on CBC News



Mike Rudyk / CBC News / May 10, 2017

Tom Jung and Dave Mossop were monitoring falcons on Yukon's Arctic coastal plain when they spotted a beaver dam, made of shrubs. 'This was a bit of a unique observation.'

Read article on CBC News



Inari, Lapland, Finland
Yle Uutiset / June 5, 2017

The skiing season ended in Northern Lapland in mid-May, but the weather there is still so cold and snowfall so frequent that the Saariselkä resort will temporarily reopen its slopes, which are currently up to a metre deep in snow.

Read article on Yle Uutiset



Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
Ken Marsh / Alaska Fish and Wildlife News / June 1, 2017

Winter tick has been found in over 50 percent of the mule deer examined by wildlife officials in the Whitehorse area and is also found on moose, caribou, and elk in the Yukon

Read article on Alaska Fish and Wildlife News



West Burke, Vermont, United States
Heather Brubaker McAlister / LEO Network / June 4, 2017

We were picking ticks off the dogs and ourselves and when we got home we found an additional 20 or so ticks on ourselves and each of the dogs.

Read post on the LEO Network



Port Heiden, Alaska, United States
Scott Anderson, Mike Brubaker, Richard Buzard, Susan Flensburg, Erica Lujan, Chris Maio, Jacquelyn Overbeck and Moses Tcheripanoff / LEO Network / May 29, 2017

Goldfish Lake near Port Heiden is on the verge of draining into the Bering Sea.

Read post on the LEO Network



Hooper Bay, Alaska, United States
Sandra Hill / LEO Network / June 2, 2017

I went to gather some yesterday and there was no water to speak of; in a pond that's has been filled with water my whole life.

Read post on the LEO Network



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