Biologists say Alaska’s known population of Aleutian terns has declined more than 90% since 1960.
Homer only sees tides this low a few times a year.
For millions of years, birds lived nearly predator-free on the Aleutian Islands. Then came the rats.
An intensive 10-month search for a stowaway rat that invaded the rat-free seabird paradise of St. Paul Island has come to a happy end for everyone. Except the rat.
Youth Conservation Corps introduces high school students to a stretch of protected land they’ve grown up near, but may not even know exists — all in the hopes that someday these young Alaskans will become its next stewards.
Attu is scheduled for what may be the first of many stages of cleanup — but it’s unlikely the military will ever be able to turn back the clock to a time before conflict.
For some wildlife biologists, getting to work on an island at the tip of the Aleutian Chain is the chance of a lifetime.
The reports are coming from beach walkers and local citizen scientists dedicated to surveying seabird populations.
Every summer, a team of federal exterminators set up shop in the southwest corner of the state. Their job is to root out non-native animals that might disturb the Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge.
Every summer, thousands of tiny auklets flock to the Aleutian Islands to nest. But scientists don’t know where the seabirds go in the winter.