Interesting cysts covering a young alder or willow tree.
A resident of Seldovia reported an infestation of worms infesting an area of salmonberry brush and nettle.
The event occurred on June 29th, on our native allotment near Kotzebue (Illivak). We left home in the morning and when we came back around 8:00 PM in the evening the whole lake had drained! It looked like it was blown up with dynamite.
This eye catching insect is the adult stonefly.
Birds that USFWS sent in from the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) for testing for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) have tested positive. Sabines gulls, glaucous gulls, and black brant all tested positive for HPAI.
I saw an extreme amount of spittle bugs not only on grasses and plants but on flowers.
Our Mosquito Magnet trap filled in under a week. We normally empty it once a month or so.
"Since about May 25, crews have been seeing multiple species showing what we believe are signs of highly pathogenic avian influenza. The signs we are seeing widespread is a headshaking that we equate to "getting the cobwebs out", like a person may do when they first wake up. This behavior occurs regularly every couple minutes. This behavior has been observed in: black brant, cackling geese, bar-tailed godwits, dunlin, lapland longspurs, spectacled eiders, emperor geese, greater white-fronted geese, sabines gulls, glaucous gulls, and red-necked phalaropes."
The collapse was documented with drone imagery as was a permafrost rebound signature in the river water.
This brant was seen at Mile 16 of the Nome-Council Road exhibiting spinning behavior.
Over the past five days there have been increasing reports of unusual behavior in a variety of bird species including brant goose, snow goose, white-fronted goose, and Canada goose.
Video shows unusual circling behavior of a brant goose filmed by a local hunter near Golovin, Alaska. Although the cause is unknown, this type of behavior is according to USGS, "highly suggestive" of an infection with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
Noatak has lost 19' of river bank since May 19th. Now the road to the community gravel source is failing.
This fox "was not scared of me" and it continued to repeat this motion as the person (Venessa Koonooka), watched for ~10 minutes.
This video shot on Thursday May 19th, shows the erratic circling behavior of a Canada goose. Although the cause is unknown, this type of behavior is according to USGS, "highly suggestive" of an infection with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).
A passenger on a small commercial plane flying between Nome and Golovin reported seeing 5-6 swans all motionless, floating on a pond. The reason of the behavior is unknown.
"Now I have seen the current muddy at break up but usually after prolonged warming and winds. This one is about a month ahead of the game."
A number of sick and / or dying songbirds were reported in McCarthy including pine grosbeaks and red polls. A sickly golden eagle was reported ten days earlier. "It flew up to a tree top but appeared weak and a bit awkward."
Pussy willows sprouting on March 1st! This is the second time in Kotzebue that a March bloom has been documented in LEO Network., but this time it is much earlier.
"The sea level rise and wind is making this happen because it is really vulnerable. We are always really amazed every time we go out there with the change, and pieces of earth the size of a house falling over."
"We had never before observed a species of the order Diptera, aside from the mosquitos present every year. Around the middle of September this year, however, there was a large influx of houseflies into our home."
"Been a cool dry fall. The snow line hit twice in late August and once in September at the 4000 foot level. We saw 22 degrees several times in September and twice in August so general frost is in town. But no ice on shore lines so the rivers and lakes are staying warm even as the chill sets in"
Ants carrying white rice like objects out of their nest.
"This year I walked along the same route after a rainstorm and see only one or two — sometimes none"
Tribal member of St. Mary's finds the larva of a predaceous diving beetle.
"I am seeing spittlebugs deposits everywhere I look in the Sand Lake area."
"While on a field trip for work, we stopped at the beach and you can notice hundreds of dead clams and star fish littering the beach."
My unprofessional opinion is that climate change is affecting these endemic roses and that they are in peril.
Multiple buildings and homes, including the Point Lay clinic, were without water. The water main break was a result of the water main sinking down further into the permafrost.
European Honey Bee a.k.a Western Honey Bee (apis mellifera) spotted with 2 feet of snow still on the ground.
Early budding willows (genus Salix) were observed on the Chistochina Trail during temperatures of 18 above Fahrenheit. The average temperature on March 23, 2021 was 10 degrees Fahrenheit, the coldest temperature on the day in the past twenty years.
It was a record-breaking Thursday morning in a number of Saskatchewan communities due to an arctic ridge of high pressure.
"The Chistochina River froze over and went to overflow by the second of February which means we went through the New Year and January with the river running open. First time that I know of."
People are advised to stay off the roads as city crews try to clear priority streets. Biggest snow event since the blizzard of 2007.
Wild roses typically bloom in June and July, and go dormant when temperatures drop in the fall and winter.
Wild roses usually bloom in May and June, but warm fall temperatures may have signaled roses in Fairbanks to bloom later than usual.
A wild rose (Rosa acicularis) blooms late during a warm fall.
This tall waterbird, native to Eurasia, was spotted in Nantucket. Could the species soon establish a foothold in the Americas?
Pear shaped cranberries (Vaccinium vitis-idaea) are likely the result of a genetic mutation.
Until 2007, there have been only three verified reports of green sturgeon in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea, and two anecdotal reports from the Copper River and Unalaska areas.
These berries were on a south slope in a recently burned area. Seems early to me!
Fairbanks summers are trending toward more precipitation. June 2020 set two rainfall records for the Fairbanks area.
The Seward Peninsula is within the ruby tiger moth range, but sightings are rare.
Mosquito populations have decreased in some areas, perhaps due to changes in the surrounding vegetation or weather.
Alaskans can help the National Weather Service monitor rivers during a potentially dangerous breakup this year through a University of Alaska Fairbanks citizen science project.
Warm temperatures are likely causing alders and other woody Alaskan plants to bud in fall and early winter. As winter sets in, the buds are damaged and the plants will produce fewer buds come spring.
A thick-billed murre (Uria lomvia) was spotted with a bill abnormality that could be attributed to poxvirus or other virus, trauma, tumor, or congenital abnormality.
Willow and currants are budding unusually late, during an unusually warm fall.