Kenai Fjords in the Field 2015

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Resource Management staff often conduct research and field observations in areas of the park few others ever get to see. Throughout the summer we share stories, photos, and video about the research going on in Kenai Fjords National Park. Whatever your interests are, join us for regular updates on this blog.

What flies fast and is hard to find? Peregrine Falcons of course!

September 08, 2015 Posted by: Sam Stark

Finding a peregrine falcon perched on 500 foot cliff with thousands upon thousands of seabirds swirling and chattering while standing on the deck of a moving boat is, to say the least, very difficult. Hear from Biological Science Technician Sam Stark about how and why researchers look for Peregrine Falcons along the coast of Kenai Fjords National Park.


Cleaning the Coast: Collaborating on Marine Debris Removal from Park Beaches

August 25, 2015 Posted by: Sharon Kim

While we all work hard to prevent littering inside the park, the ocean transports debris and trash from all over the world and deposits it on the beaches of Kenai Fjords. Hear about a collaboration of organizations working together to remove debris from beaches across the region.


A Journey to the Source: Glacier Lake Outburst Floods in Kenai Fjords

August 20, 2015 Posted by: Jonathan Byers

Why would you take a packraft, an aluminum tripod, a fiberglass weatherproof camera housing and battery, a solar panel, an anchor, and 50ft of steel cable out backpacking? Because, science. Follow park researchers and they go to the source - a glacier dammed lake that releases a hazardous Glacier Lake Outburst Flood.


The Rugged Coast: Caves, Stacks, and Arches

August 13, 2015 Posted by: Julie Markus

What would it be like to visit every single part of the Kenai Fjords coastline? Every cove, beach, island? This summer Physical Science Technician Julie Markus has done exactly that. The stories of mapping the caves and unique features of the Kenai Fjords coastline.


Exotic Plant Management Team: Securing our Coastline from Vegetative Invaders

August 01, 2015 Posted by: Aaron Stover

Unwary visitors often bring the seeds of invasive plants to remote areas of the Kenai Fjords coastline. The Exotic Plant Management Team patrols the coast to find and remove these plants before these infestations become problems.


The Past in Peril: Documenting Threatened Archeological Sites in Kenai Fjords

July 24, 2015 Posted by: Jon Hardes

The same forces that carve the rocky cliffs and beaches of Kenai Fjords National Park are the same ones that threaten to slowly erase the cultural history of this landscape. Hear from Park Archaeologist Jon Hardes about a collaborative project with Smithsonian Institution to locate and document archaeological sites along the coast.


A Day in the Life: Student Conservation Association intern in Kenai Fjords

July 14, 2015 Posted by: Kaley Aposporos

What does a day in the life in Kenai Fjords National Park look like? Follow along with Student Conservation Association intern Kaley as she works with the Resource Management Exotic Plant Management Team.


From the Eagle's Eye

July 01, 2015 Posted by: Elisa Weiss

Kenai Fjords National Park researchers use helicopters to monitor Bald Eagle nests along the rugged coastlines of the park. What does it feel like to hover in a narrow fjord looking in treetops and cliffs for eagles? Read Elisa's story!


Welcome to the Field Season 2015!

June 08, 2015 Posted by: Jonathan Byers

Our summer field season has begun here in Kenai Fjords National Park and we're looking forward to a very exciting summer of research. Follow our blog throughout the summer for stories, photos, and video from the remote corners of the park!


Exit Glacier: Finding the Balance

June 19, 2015 Posted by: Chuck Lindsay, Jonathan Byers

Follow researchers as they fly to the vast Harding Icefield to measure the annual accumulation and melt of snow to understand how the iconic glaciers of Kenai Fjords National Park are changing.


Last updated: June 15, 2015

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