Observation by Tracy Lewis as Reported in LEO Network Webinar:
(We had an) Eagle sighted at Kongiganak two weeks ago.
Comments from LEO Editors:
This is one of two observations that LEO received documenting eagle sightings in western Alaska during winter.
We were unable to identify the species from the photo. Alaska is home to two species of eagle, the bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos). According to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, bald eagles, can often be found near the coast, but normally winter in southern parts of the state where temperatures are warmer, or migrate out of the state. Golden eagles can be found in open habitats as far north as the Brooks Range, also moving south during winter where food may be more plentiful.
Pictured below are three charts with weather information for the nearby community of Kipnuk. Weather data for 2013 is the oldest data that Weather Underground has for this area, and shows average temperatures between -10 and 24 degrees Fahrenheit during early February. In 2019, the average temperatures range from 22 and 34 degrees Fahrenheit during early February. Source: Weather Underground Historical WeatherErica Lujan