For the first time in two decades, federal wildlife managers will take a look at how they administer the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, including the possibility of asking Congress to make 1.5 million acres of the long-disputed coastal plain off limits to oil and gas development by designating it as wilderness.
Moises Velasquez-Manoff, Christian Science Monitor
Jan 15, 2010
Now, a new study in the journal Science emphasizes another reason the long voyage may be worth it for birds: fewer predators.
Titled “Lower Predation Risk for Migratory Birds at High Latitudes," the study finds that, the farther north birds go in the Arctic, the lower the risk of predation. Fewer predators mean that vulnerable young have greater chance of survival.
Even accounting for the huge energy cost of the long voyage, having young in the Arctic improves reproductive success.
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell says he has the best interest of polar bears at heart, but he doesn't intend to let the federal government's expanded protection for bears get in the way of the state's continued prosperity.
Like his predecessor, Sarah Palin, the governor is suing the federal government to overturn the listing of the iconic symbol of the Arctic as a threatened species, a move made last year that he believes could threaten Alaska's lifeblood: petroleum development.
Amy Argetsinger & Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post
Aug 14, 2009
The Obama family heads to Yellowstone National Park on Saturday — thanks, in part, to Douglas Brinkley.
…The off-the-record dinner, reported Thursday by Vanity Fair, must have made an impression on the president. A few days later, Brinkley got a call from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar inviting him to drop by. The men spent two hours talking about conservation history, wildlife protection and where Obama should visit if he went to a national park.
The amendment, which came up during work on an energy bill, failed 10-13. Murkowski, the top Republican on the energy committee, has argued that directional drilling could be done from outside the refuge to tap reserves within its boundaries.
…McCain, a longtime opponent of developing ANWR, wasn't expected to vote with Murkowski on Tuesday. But environmentalists with the Alaska Wilderness League were watching him closely, curious whether Palin could have changed his mind.