Arctic Coastal Plain

Senate Republican Policy Cmte

Now that Congress has OK’d oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s coastal plain, opponents are preparing for the next phase in their decades-long struggle to protect the environmentally sensitive area.

Fairbanks, AK - Two years ago, one biologist set out to try and count the number of shorebirds that migrate to and from Alaska each summer. The data collected in conjunction with the National Park Service the will help wildlife managers track bird reproduction and survival rates. It may also be useful as off shore oil and gas development moves ahead.

It’s not quite clear how many birds flew north to Alaska this summer, or any other summer prior.

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Fairbanks, AK - The first two Canada geese arrived at Creamer’s Field Migratory Waterfowl Refuge Friday, according the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.  For birders across the interior the charismatic birds are a sure sign of the oncoming spring.  More of the birds will start to land on the field as the weather warms.  A recent study finds that climate change in the Far North is improving goose habitat, but that doesn’t mean the field will be overrun.