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Arctic Breeding Birds Need Our Attention

April 24, 2013

Every year, millions of birds migrate to the coastal wetlands of Arctic Alaska to breed. Joe Liebezeit, WCS’s Arctic birds project leader, explains how rising temperatures are dramatically transforming this landscape and the lives of its seasonal residents.

Reindeer Get Good News Just in Time

December 21, 2012

Christmas came early for caribou and other denizens of the Arctic when the federal government announced a balanced plan for a huge tract of land in Alaska. Blueprints for the NPR-A ensure protection for wetlands and migratory pathways utilized by birds and mammals, America's reindeer among them. 

Protecting the World's Great Bird Nursery

June 15, 2012

Alaska’s wetlands are home to more than migratory birds: Arctic fox, polar bear, and caribou also dwell in the country’s largest tract of public land.

Walruses Move Ashore as Sea Ice Melts

March 30, 2012

As their sea ice habitat diminishes in the Arctic, Pacific walruses increasingly use coastal lands to haul out, and feed in the surrounding shallow waters. Because this phenomenon poses new threats to walrus populations, conservationists are adopting new strategies to monitor and protect them.

In the Arctic, Fewer Icebergs, More Ships

March 16, 2012

Marine mammals contend with new industrial developments in the Arctic as local waters become increasingly ice-free during the summer and fall.

Arctic Alaska’s Conservation Conundrum

February 2, 2012

WCS senior scientist Joel Berger reflects on how Alaska’s recent decision to cull an Arctic predator in order to protect its prey may redefine the ecosystem’s hierarchy in unforeseen ways.

For Many Species, Moving Day Has Added Stress

December 19, 2011

From mighty caribou to tiny hummingbirds, by air and by land, many of the great American wildlife migrations are at risk.

Arctic Predators, Caught in the Act

October 26, 2011

Arctic Alaska, famous for playing host to tens of thousands of migratory birds that come from around the world to breed and nest each summer, has also become a playground for predator species like Arctic foxes, ravens, gulls, and owls. WCS conservation biologist Joe Liebezeit researches and photographs the effects of a changing landscape on area wildlife.

A Scientist’s Blog from the Arctic

July 12, 2011

Dr. Steve Zack blogs on his migratory bird studies from Alaska’s Teshekpuk Lake, the largest Arctic wetland complex in the world.

A Lot of Eggs in One Arctic Basket

March 10, 2011

A four-year WCS study finds the Teshekpuk Lake region within the National Petroleum Reserve to hold the highest breeding bird density in Arctic Alaska—one solid reason for its permanent protection from energy development.

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