April 16, 2021
In March 2021, the NOAA ship Rainier surveyed the Beardslee Islands for the first time since 1939.
November 16, 2020
Not many people know that humpback whales sing in their Alaska feeding grounds, but here's proof.
October 30, 2020
Annual humpback whale population monitoring draws to a close for 2020, with a bumper crop of calves, despite pandemic challenges.
October 05, 2020
In mid-August 2020, a large outburst flood from Desolation Lake caused the lake level to drop at least 60 meters and filled Lituya Bay with icebergs, debris, and muddy water. Scientists are studying it to better understand glacial outburst floods.
September 03, 2020
The straight scoop on using DNA in mountain goat poop to study population structure as intrepid Park biologists go on a collecting trip to Table Mountain above Taylor Bay.
May 20, 2020
Humpback whale monitoring results for 2019 are in, and the 2020 field season off to a great start.
November 06, 2019
Mountain goat pellets reveal population structure
December 20, 2018
College students spent a week in remote Taylor Bay as apprentice field biologists through a grant from the Murie Science and Learning Center and Alaska Geographic.
June 19, 2018
A distinctive humpback whale vocalization usually associated with group feeding has now been found to be used by whales that are feeding alone.
June 18, 2018
Just as the 2018 whale monitoring surveys begin, the annual report on 2017 population monitoring is posted online.
April 15, 2018
Data helps fisheries biologists preserve and protect Glacier Bay National Park.
January 29, 2018
After thriving for many years, the humpback whale population in Glacier Bay and Icy Strait has recently shown signs of decline in numbers, reproduction, and overall health.
January 16, 2018
Remote cameras test responses of wildlife to shoreline tourism and landscape change in popular areas of Glacier Bay.
December 04, 2017
A new study based on the Acoustic Integration Model (AIM ©) predicts that humpback whales in Glacier Bay are exposed to less underwater noise from large vessels when there are slower ships, fewer ships, or ships that are scheduled to arrive an hour apart.
October 25, 2017
Hoonah Indian Association tribal members conducted the second experimental glaucous-winged gull egg harvest in Glacier Bay National Park this summer. Find out how it went.
October 25, 2017
NPS staff monitor for an invasive sponge and find an large array of sea life.
September 11, 2017
Park scientists work with researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks to document the physical and chemical characteristics of the ocean waters of Glacier Bay, and to assess the condition of the microscopic organisms at the base of the food chain.
September 11, 2017
Graduate student Jenny Helm has observed humpback whale respiration patterns for more than 400 hours from the bow of a cruise ship, over the past two summers.
September 08, 2017
The annual report on humpback whale monitoring results from 2016 is now available.
August 25, 2017
A firsthand account of a day on the whale research vessel Sand Lance, by Science writer Deanna Ochs from the NPS Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center.
August 22, 2017
This dramatic photo series shows a family of transient killer whales learning to cooperate, for their survival, on a harbor porpoise kill.
August 08, 2017
A story map reveals new insights into historic and forecast trends in precipitation and runoff in Glacier Bay.
July 31, 2017
Aerial surveys of sea otters will help scientists estimate the spatial distribution and abundance of sea otters in Glacier Bay.
July 19, 2017
A new collaborative research project in Glacier Bay is using motion sensor cameras to study the responses of wildlife to tourism and landscape change.
June 30, 2017
Can you identify this (UFO) Unidentified Floating Object?
June 27, 2017
Even at a distance, Kittlitz's murrelets and marbled murrelets commonly dive or flush from the water when cruise ships approach.
June 23, 2017
Recent results suggest that male harbor seal calls are louder, shorter and higher-pitched during vessel noise.
June 19, 2017
A new scientific article finds that low river flow and abundant salmon can cause low oxygen levels in two southeastern Alaska rivers.
February 22, 2017
A seabird die-off in 2016 inspires park biologists and local citizens to track seabird mortality in Glacier Bay.
February 03, 2017
A new publication in honor of the NPS Centennial summarizes what biologists have learned about humpback whales over the past 30 years in the Glacier Bay area.
January 27, 2017
The annual report on monitoring Kittlitz's and marbled murrelets in Glacier Bay National Park.
December 29, 2016
A new interactive map shares changes and trends in glaciers in national parks across Alaska. Additional videos by the Alaska NPS provide further insights into the changes in some of Alaska's glaciers.
December 19, 2016
2015 population monitoring results for humpback whales in Glacier Bay and Icy Strait are now available.
December 09, 2016
Plastic packing bands entangle the necks of Steller sea lions. Biologists from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game have developed ways to remove the bands from sea lions.
December 06, 2016
Two successful years of underwater sound recording in Glacier Bay are complete. Let the data crunching begin.
December 05, 2016
Although humpback whales are migratory and highly mobile, they show remarkable fidelity to local feeding habitats, as described in a recent article in Endangered Species Research.
December 02, 2016
Harbor seals use icebergs in glacial fjords for essential activities such as pupping, molting and resting. A recently published study describes a new method to describe the fine-scale characteristics of ice in glacial fjords.
December 02, 2016
Steller sea lions tend to choose haul out sites that are difficult for people to access. Researchers overcame this challenge by installing cameras to collect data on sea lions.
October 14, 2016
Humpback whale biologist Janet Neilson conducted a late season whale survey earlier this week in Glacier Bay and shared some notes and photos about her day on the water.
September 09, 2016
Check in with the Strawberry Island marine acousticians at the season's end, including a special video by Indie Alaska.
August 24, 2016
A spectacular series of photos from a motion sensor camera placed near a humpback whale carcass for the past two months reveals wolves, eagles, ravens and gulls but no bears.
August 24, 2016
Long term monitoring of Glacier Bay oceanography reveals that this summer, the waters of the bay seem relatively warm and less salty.
August 16, 2016
Though the waters of Glacier Bay are almost pristine, marine debris and trash does get washed ashore. Park staff collected a skiff load of trash this spring.
August 02, 2016
Why do humpback whales interfere when killer whales attack other marine mammals?
Find out more about this behavior in Glacier Bay and Icy Strait, and around the world, in a fascinating new article in Marine Mammal Science.
July 29, 2016
The sea otter population in Glacier Bay has expanded significantly in the past twenty years and researchers are developing a new model to accurately count these furry shellfish eaters.
July 26, 2016
Researchers from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory are studying harbor porpoise population structure by collecting genetic material left in the ocean when a porpoise swims by (known as environmental DNA).
July 26, 2016
Humpback whale biologist Janet Neilson was surprised to make a rare sighting of a gray whale in Glacier Bay last week.
July 15, 2016
While many people are aware of the impacts of vessels and visitors on wildlife and wilderness, they may be unaware of the cultural impacts. A recent study illuminates some ramifications of vessels and visitors on the cultural and ethnographic resources of Glacier Bay.
July 14, 2016
After three weeks in the field on Strawberry Island, the bio-acoustic researchers spent the fourth of July in Gustavus. Check out their blogs to catch a glimpse into research on a wild island in Glacier Bay National Park.
June 30, 2016
Bear, tides, and limited food resources are just some of the challenges faced by nesting seabirds. Glacier Bay's wildlife biologist, Tania Lewis, shares the results of recent breeding bird surveys throughout the bay.
June 22, 2016
Researchers recently deployed oceanographic moorings to better understand physics and phytoplankton in Glacier Bay.
June 17, 2016
"Acoustic Spyglass" field observations of marine mammals begin this week on Strawberry Island.
June 15, 2016
Each summer, some salmon return to Glacier Bay's streams and rivers, providing sustenance to animals, plants, and people. Fisheries biologists use high-tech sonar to learn about the abundance and harvest of coho salmon in the Bartlett River.
May 25, 2016
What did you do in elementary school science class? Glacier Bay's local fourth and fifth grader students conduct a year-long study in the park.
May 20, 2016
Was that a sea otter on an iceberg? Yep, and park scientists are trying to learn more about the abundance of sea otters in Glacier Bay.
May 03, 2016
Four hydrophones were installed, marking the start of the second year of research on harbor seal and humpback whale vocalizations near Strawberry Island!
March 30, 2016
Beautiful deep sea corals live in the waters of Glacier Bay. Current research explores their range and depth.
September 30, 2015
Is nesting on the most beautiful heights of Glacier Bay enough to deter predators? Get an in depth view of the perils of egg laying in Glacier Bay in this blog post.
September 21, 2015
You have probably heard about the "warm blob" of water in the Pacific. Has it come to Glacier Bay? Read on to learn more.
September 18, 2015
Around the Pacific Ocean, there have been widespread reports of unusually warm water, algae blooms and whale and seabird die-offs. Whether these are related is still an unknown question.
September 10, 2015
Have you ever seen a branded sea lion? Learn more about why researchers permanently mark some sea lions.
September 08, 2015
In mid-June 2015, the GLBA humpback whale monitoring team documented a fresh wound on the tail of a whale first identified in the Glacier Bay area in 1993.
August 26, 2015
Steller sea lions typically move to Point Carolus during late summer and early autumn in response to Pacific salmon which are migrating through Cross Sound, a primary migratory corridor for salmon entering northern Southeast Alaska from the Gulf of Alaska.
August 17, 2015
Camped on Strawberry Island since mid-June, the humpback underwater acoustics research team from Oregon State University has just wrapped up their 2015 field season.
August 13, 2015
What lives in front of Margerie Glacier? Bird food!
August 03, 2015
An update on the 2015 Kittlitz's murrelet surveys by one of the researchers. Did you see them out in the bay?
July 13, 2015
A mysterious sea bird is seen throughout Glacier Bay. Researchers in the bay are tracking their populations.
June 30, 2015
Humans are noisy. How do marine mammals respond? Glacier Bay researchers are seeking answers.
June 26, 2015
What do you need to safely drop a hydrophone of the side of a boat and expect it to work? What does that device look like?
June 25, 2015
Calling all mariners! Check our our new blog on ocean research in Glacier Bay. Start a conversation about science and park management and learn something along the way.