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    Kobuk Valley

    National Park Alaska

Running Herd

About This Blog

Welcome to "Running Herd… on Fieldwork in the Western Arctic National Parklands", a blog highlighting some of the work being done by archaeologists, wildlife biologists, ecologists, and rangers in northwest Alaska’s Noatak National Preserve, Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park, and Cape Krusenstern National Monument.

In search of muskoxen in northwest Alaska

June 08, 2014 Posted by: Blake Lowrey

Blog #34 Putting hand warmers and geometry to good use

 

Ice Age Mammal Bones of Northwest Alaska (#5)

February 01, 2014 Posted by: Jon Hardes

Blog #33 Short-faced bear (Arctodus simus) humerus

 

Ice Age Mammal Bones of Northwest Alaska (#4)

December 31, 2013 Posted by: Jon Hardes

Blog #32 Steppe Bison (Bison priscus) cranium

 

Getting Lost... in Translation

November 22, 2013 Posted by: Eileen Devinney

Blog #31 Place names and traditional land use

 

Ice Age Mammal Bones of Northwest Alaska (#3)

November 19, 2013 Posted by: Jon Hardes

Blog #30 Woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) tibia

 

Ice Age Mammal Bones of Northwest Alaska (#2)

October 21, 2013 Posted by: Jon Hardes

Blog #29 Short-faced Bear (Arctodus simus) mandible

 

Ice Age Mammal Bones of Northwest Alaska (#1)

September 28, 2013 Posted by: Jon Hardes

Blog #28 Prehistoric Horse (Equus sp.) maxilla

 

Running Behind

September 23, 2013 Posted by: Kyle Joly

Blog #27 An update on the tardy Western Arctic caribou herd from biologist Kyle Joly

 

Peeling back the layers at Onion Portage

September 12, 2013 Posted by: Jon Hardes

Blog #26 A brief overview of Onion Portage National Historic Landmark in Kobuk Valley National Park

 

A Muskox on the Move

September 03, 2013 Posted by: Dr. Layne Adams

Blog #25 The curious movements of a collared muskox on the Seward Peninsula

 

Ikpekapalooza

June 30, 2013 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #24 Three upcoming field projects in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

 

Inspired: 2013 Artists-in-Residence

February 05, 2013 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #23 Help Wanted

 

Photo(s) of the Month: Airborne

December 31, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #22 Monthly installment of photos from the field | December 2012

 

A MAMMOTH discovery!

December 14, 2012 Posted by: Jon Hardes

Blog #21 Woolly mammoth remains in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

 

Found at the Lost Jim Lava Flow

December 13, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson and Bob Gal

Blog #19 Archaeologists investigate kayak paddles and stone-tipped lances in Bering Land Bridge National Preserve

 

Voices of the Wilderness

December 13, 2012 Posted by: MK MacNaughton

Blog #20 Noatak National Preserve's 2012 Artist-in-Residence MK MacNaughton describes her experience in the heart of the Brooks Range

 

What's your vector, Victor?

December 12, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #18 Invasive plants in the Western Arctic National Parklands

 

Thermokarst in Alaska's Arctic

December 07, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #17 New video chronicling thaw slumps in permafrost

 

A View of the Noatak from Juneau

December 03, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #16. You're invited to an art exhibit featuring Noatak National Preserve's 2012 Artist-in-Residence MK MacNaughton

 

Fire on the Tundra

November 28, 2012 Posted by: Jennifer Barnes

Blog #14 Fire history in the Western Arctic National Parklands

 

Photos of the Month: Wildlife

November 28, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #15 Monthly installment of photos from the field | November 2012

 

Photo of the Month: The Aggie

October 01, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #13 Monthly installment of photos from the field | September 2012

 

Phall Photos

September 17, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #12 Fall colors in the Western Arctic National Parklands

 

The Great Kobuk Sand Dunes: A Cloudy (and Warming) Crystal Ball for Mars

August 28, 2012 Posted by: Dr. Cynthia L. Dinwiddie

Blog #11 Curious about the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes? Guest author Dr. Cynthia Dinwiddie describes how they are a "planetary analog" to the Martian landscape.

 

Meet the Expert: Permafrost

August 13, 2012 Posted by: Celeste Brooke Carney

Blog #10 Join a live chat with ecologist Dave Swanson about thawing permafrost

 

The Space Between Land and Sea

August 10, 2012 Posted by: Celeste Brooke Carney

Blog #9 On developing a long-term monitoring program for coastal lagoons

 

Photo of the Month: Stampede

July 31, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #8 Monthly installment of photos from the field

 

Creature(s) from the Black Lagoon

July 25, 2012 Posted by: Stacia Backensto

Blog #7 An update from Cowpack Lagoon

 

Break-up

July 24, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #6 Spring break-up on the Noatak River

 

From Wales to Point Hope with ShoreZone

July 23, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #5 The Kotzebue Sound ShoreZone imaging project is underway

 

Sea of caribou, waves of insects

July 17, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #4 Wildlife biologist Kyle Joly's updates on the Western Arctic caribou herd

 

Get Connected

June 28, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #2 Get connected to the Western Arctic National Parklands on-line

 

Qimmiq and Anaq

June 28, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #3 Introduction to the Kobuk Valley Bear (anaq) Project

 

Uvlaalluataq

June 27, 2012 Posted by: Marci Johnson

Blog #1 Welcome to the herd

 

Did You Know?

Image of three yellow tents contrast with a blue sky, white clouds, a rounded gray mountain, and red, autumn shrubs at a backcountry camp.

The highest peak in Kobuk Valley National Park is Mt. Angayukaqsraq, elevation 4760 feet. This peak is part of the Baird Mountains, which is in the southern section of the Brooks Mountain Range.