Creatures from the Black Lagoon
July 25, 2012
Stacia Backensto received the following update today via satellite phone text message from the "lagoons crew":
What is the "lagoons crew"? The National Park Service has been divided into networks of parks to develop long-term Inventory & Monitoring (I&M) Programs. Each program has identified specific processes, ecosystems, and species of highest priority. This list of "vital signs" for the Arctic Network includes Lagoons Communities and Ecosystems, and a small group of experts are currently exploring the coastal lagoons of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve and Cape Krusenstern National Monument to (among other things) record data on fish and invertebrates, collect water samples, and develop a protocol that will be used for decades to come.
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Did You Know?
A lightning strike ignites a fire in the preserve. The fire burns for a week and then rain puts it out. In about 7 years, a visitor could walk on the burned site having no idea there once was a fire under his or her feet. This speedy site re-vegetation is typical of tundra fire adapted ecosystems.