Natural Resources

The biologists and science technicians of the natural resource management team work to understand and protect the myriad forms of life within the park, studying species ranging from spruce grouse to salmon, from bears to bald eagles, and ecosystems ranging from the park interior to coastal wilderness.

Katmai wildlife biologists are conducting a number of studies related to the bears of Brooks River. The bears’ familiarity with humans and each other, as well as their access to abundant and predicable summer food resources, means that individual animals can be extensively studied at close range. Studying individual animals yields insight into larger populations, while studying a single location reveals changes in population over time. Researchers are also studying the genetics of the Brooks bears, to construct a pedigree of the local population while also studying the genetic health of the population and insight into their movement patterns.

Katmai’s coastal team works to protect Katmai’s nearly 500 miles of wild coastline and its abundant wildlife. Working with the National Park Service Southwest Alaska Network, the natural resources team has been monitoring seals, sea lions, sea birds, mussels, and more along Katmai’s wild shores. The park has also partnered with the University of Washington’s Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team to document seabird mortality events, and with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to monitor accumulation and type of debris washing ashore.

Explore the links below to learn more about the work of the natural resources team.

 
 
 
 
Bears of Brooks River 2016 cover: a bear with cub stands on a rock in a river.

Bears of Brooks River eBook:

Every bear has a story. Since the late 1980s, biologists have closely monitored the habits and behaviors of bears that frequent Brooks River. This information provides a unique opportunity to gain insight into their dynamics lives. Download the newest edition of Bears of Brooks River ebook to help you identify the bears and read about their stories. This book is the perfect supplement to your bearcam experience. Please note, this is a large file.

You can also download previous versions of the these books:
 
A park ranger records data about a seabird skeleton on the beach

COASST Project

Katmai is partnering with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team to monitor seabird populations. Learn more here (partner site).

Bottles, Rope, and other litter on a rocky beach, with mountains in the background.

NOAA Marine Debris Removal

Katmai is partnering with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to remove tons of marine debris from the coast (partner site).

Healthy sea stars cling to a rock on the coast.

Sea Star Wasting Disease

The NPS is monitoring sea stars along the Pacific Coast, which are being affected by a widespread wasting disease.

Last updated: September 29, 2017

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