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Big congratulations to University of Alaska Fairbanks MS grad Madison Reynolds, and her committee members John Shook (ABR), Greg Breed, and Knut Kielland for their new publication exploring the best methods to survey for Great Horned Owls in the northernmost limit of their range—the Alaskan Arctic. #GreatHornedOwls #Ornithology #Arctic
ABR’s commitment to environmental stewardship is reaching new heights—7.6 meters to be exact—in the form of a newly installed solar power system. The installation consists of three 14-panel, pole-mounted arrays on the north side of our main office parking lot. The 265 watt SunSpark solar panels equate to a total array capacity of 11,130 watts using 21 microinverters each. The arrays are manually adjustable for a 45 degree summer angle and an 85 degree winter angle to optimize power generation. Every electron that we produce will be used on site by ABR or will feed into the Golden Valley Electric Association’s (GVEA) grid. By using the power on site, we will save on GVEA’s kilowatt costs, also known as net metering.
Just getting to St. Matthew and Hall islands is an adventure. Senior Scientist Aaron Wells made the journey as part of a multidisciplinary biological expedition to this most remote place in Alaska, located in the middle of the Bering Sea and over 200 miles from the nearest village. In early June 2018, Aaron flew from Fairbanks to St. Paul, Alaska. From there, he and the rest of the field crew boarded the R/V Tiglax (TEKH-lah — Aleut for eagle) for a 25-hour boat ride to the islands where they would spend the next two weeks conducting wildlife and vegetation surveys.
The ABR support staff ensure that our field operations, and our every day operations, are as efficient as possible, so our science staff can focus on science. This month we would like to introduce you to Tony LaCortiglia, a vital member of the ABR support team.
ABR is proud to be a corporate sponsor of the Interior Alaska Science Fair which took place Wednesday through Saturday of last week here in Fairbanks. ABR Senior Scientist, Sue Bishop, was the co-coordinator again this year, and ABR gave out two special awards for outstanding projects in wildlife biology and environmental science. The future looks bright with these innovative scientists!