Sunrise in Savoonga
This gift of a breathtaking final morning sunrise run encapsulates my feelings about the journey I undertook this summer. Rugged beauty of the unknown, the remote, and a powerful nod to nature. It…
Misty morning
What Does "No Sea Ice" Mean? A beautiful misty start to the our day of coastal cliff exploration. One of my earlier posts highlighted part of the conversations I had with local Yupik villagers here…
Non-negotiables_FieldWork Sketch
Non-negotiables for Field Work Glitz and glamour aren't descriptors that come readily to mind when talking about field work. That in itself could freak some people out – the thought of no Starbucks,…
Auklet chick
What is a mist net? Not a bad office view. The day prior to this there was a torrential downpour and 20 mph winds. This was a welcomed respite. Alexis and Sasha setting up the mist net across a…
Our Team
It's Magic Back row: Sasha, Aki, Shota. Front row: me, Alexis, and JB. Our one group shot in front of our temporary digs. "C'est magique!", ("It's magic!") is what JB, one of our researchers likes…
Tribal Leader Delbert Pangawi
Talk of the Town Tribal Leader Delbert Pangawi talks about Mother Earth's renewal and community whaling traditions. "There was no sea ice this year" or "we only had two weeks of sea ice" is how…
Chicks!
Cute overload. Fuzzy little kittiwake chick! Looking for chicks A view of one plot of Kiveepuk cliffs. Look closely to find the birds. Another element of the team's research focuses on…
Pink Arctic flowers
Dynamic and Changing Arctic It's been said that there's no place on this Earth of ours where we can observe atmospheric, oceanic, and ecological changes more dramatically than in the Arctic. There's…
EskimoDance1
Sunday Night at the Community Center These five drummers each led the singing and rhythm throughout the dance session. George, second from right, was the overall lead drummer. It was just after…
Whale baleen
Gifts From Whale* Beachcombing on St. Lawrence Island is almost like opening a time capsule, with layers of stories niggling into your mind. How long has this been here? Where did this come from? Who…
Common murres in the cliffs of Myaughee. Detective style Today's schedule was a change of pace. No cliffs, no climbing, no auklet hunting among the rock crevasses and no productivity counts.…
Where's Waldo? Chatty congregation of least and crested auklets. One of our sites is home to a colony of auklets, both the least auklets and crested ones. They are all very sociable creatures,…