Recent news and events at ABR.
Why do our clients need to know about wetlands? Because whether you want to develop land or conserve it, the provisions of the Clean Water Act require consulting with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before wetlands are affected in any way. For over 20 years, the ABR wetlands team has been working to provide our clients with relevant information for obtaining Section 404 wetland permits under the Clean Water Act. By keeping informed of the changing regulatory requirements, we have been able to assist with the permitting process and mitigation planning for individual development projects.
In August, ABR Senior Scientist Matt Macander gave a presentation at the REACH Up Science and Culture Camp in Unalakleet. The REACH (Raise Educational Achievement Through Cultural Heritage) Up camp brought together paraeducators, teachers and scientists to examine issues around the theme of "Changing Lifestyles". Matt gave a presentation about wildlife, vegetation, habitat changes, and shifts in landscape ecology. He also discussed the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones) in vegetation mapping and gave them a demonstration that included taking the picture included below. You can find out more about the REACH Up program by visiting the website: REACH Up
The ABR Ecological Land Survey team recently completed the second of two summer field expeditions in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The team was conducting a soil and vegetation inventory as well as collecting data on landforms and surface hydrology. The first trip of the summer investigated coastal areas, whereas the second trip focused on the interior regions of the park. On both trips, field crews experienced diverse and dynamic landscapes, and even carnivorous plants!
All around the Arctic from Norway to Russia to Alaska, arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus) are finding themselves nose-to-nose with a new challenge: the bigger and more aggressive red fox (Vulpes vulpes). Evidence of this change is presented in 3 recent peer-reviewed articles co-authored by ABR biologists (Berteaux et al. 2017, Colson et al. 2017, Elmhagen et al. 2017).
On Saturday, 22 July 2017, a large contingent of ABR employees, past and present, attended Erin Johnson’s Celebration of Life in Chugiak, Alaska. It was a gorgeous sun-drenched day, and both the formal celebration ceremony and the gathering afterwards gave Erin’s family and friends an opportunity to remember her beautiful spirit and incredible life of love and accomplishment. Tears, hugs, and collective grieving were interspersed with music, dancing, laughter, and an overall sense that we all were privileged to have been part of Erin’s short but remarkable life.