September 15, 2018
NPS Biological Science Technician Sara Germain and SCA Intern Lauren Utykanski describe their backcountry flight over the Brooks Range in search of collared caribou calves.
June 17, 2018
NPS researchers and biologists conducted an aerial survey of brown bears in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. From the cockpit of their bush planes, they saw lots of bears, but they also saw other interesting wildlife in the Brooks Mountain Range.
August 15, 2018
On August 8th, 2018, seasonal Interpretive Park Rangers Rachel and Thea joined one of our NPS pilots to visit the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes in Kobuk Valley National Park.
July 10, 2018
Have you ever flown in a small aircraft? Well, SCA Intern Lauren Utykanski hadn’t until just recently. In this post, Utykanski shares her first experience flying in a bush plane. Along with other National Park Service employees, she flew over wild rivers, mountain ranges, and the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes of Kobuk Valley National Park.
October 25, 2017
Interested in obscure jobs with the National Park Service? Check out what Ranger Pilots do!
August 31, 2017
A team of archaeologists descend upon Noatak National Preserve in August 2017 for fieldwork.
July 25, 2017
We're surveying loons again! Find out how and why, and check out photos from previous surveys!
July 25, 2017
In the Baird and DeLong Mountain ranges of Noatak National Preserve, researchers are looking for Dall's sheep, valued as an indicator of overall ecosystem health.
July 19, 2017
The bears out on the tundra saw us in our planes!
July 27, 2016
Even from the sky, you can see bright pink fireweed blooming on the tundra.
July 26, 2016
Planes are the best way to see parks in remote Alaska, but what happens when you want to get out of the plane?
July 15, 2016
National Parks Service biologists fly all over Noatak National Preserve in search of Dall's sheep.
July 08, 2016
Ranger Tyler makes a quick trip up to one of the backcountry ranger stations in Noatak National Preserve.
July 07, 2016
It's not just park rangers who can see Kobuk Valley National Park from the sky. Visitors can also enjoy a bird's-eye view.
July 06, 2016
Researchers use airplanes to survey large swaths of the Cape Krusenstern National Monument for wildlife.
June 29, 2016
From the sky, you can see the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes, the largest active sand dunes in the Arctic.
June 23, 2016
The tundra isn't always snowy. In the summer, it's a profusion of green.
June 23, 2016
If you're lucky, you'll spot muskox grazing on the tundra while flying over Cape Krusenstern National Monument.
June 21, 2016
A flight over Cape Krusenstern National Monument reveals hints of the icy geology below the surface.
October 08, 2015
Ranger Tyler flies to a snowy Shungnak, passing over signs of a recent caribou migration.