An evening flight of whimbrels streamed by our boat in a long, wide-spread V formation, their high-pitched peeping cry audible as they passed. Four distinct flocks of 50 or more birds made up the entire contingent of birds that call this place on Bristol Bay’s lower Kvichakestuary home. The whimbrels were spread enough to make it seem as though there were many more than there actually were.
Ever wondered why Alaska's Sterling Highway is sometimes scattered with the carcasses of dead porcupines in the summer months? Fish and Game says it's likely because of two factors -- a healthy habitat and an uptick in traffic during fishing season.Megan Edge
A female seal pup found orphaned and hurt on Douglas Island was taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. Such reports are unusual this late in the year but this one was the second in the same week -- and one of a string of incidents involving injured or dead marine mammals in Alaska waters this summer.Yereth Rosen
This weekend, wolf attacks were responsible for the deaths of a number of sheep and lambs in northern Sweden, in Sågmyra and Insjön, and on Monday, the County Administrative Board will be reviewing an application that came in to carry out a protective hunt.Radio Sweden
Better Alaska mapping, more understanding of mineral resources, more study of the effects of thawing permafrost and more help to Arctic communities coping with crumbling coastlines and vulnerable infrastructure are among the tasks that the U.S. Geological Survey plans in its newly released five-year Arctic strategy.Alaska Dispatch News