Science & Environment

Science and environmental reporting on news and community topics. Science coverage is occasionally provided by community members.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

Multiple avalanches struck Summers Bay road over the weekend.

Sunday afternoon the Department of Public Safety sent out an alert warning residents to avoid driving past the landfill.

“This is the first winter in a couple of years that we’ve had a significant amount of snow,” said Acting Police Chief Jennifer Shockley. “It might seem unusual for people who haven’t been here all that long, but it is not unusual for us to have avalanches particularly out along the Summers Bay road area.”

Suzi Golodoff


On December 15th 2018, Unalaska held its annual Christmas Bird Count.  The weather was brisk but decent, 30 degrees, partly cloudy with Northeast winds around 25 knots and 10 inches of fresh snow on the ground.  Seventeen adults and nine kids ventured out in eight field parties, driving, walking and skiing, covering a combined 34 miles of habitat, and tallying every bird within their designated sections.

Andy Dietrick / NMFS (NOAA MMHSRP Permit # 18786-03)

Unalaskans helped to free a humpback whale last weekend after it was caught in fishing lines and buoys in Unalaska Bay.

A responder with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) led the disentanglement team, which included local port officials, NOAA officers, and residents like Andy Dietrick and Dan and Sue Magone.

KUCB's Laura Kraegel spoke with John Moran about his team's 12-hour response that spanned two days.

If you see a marine mammal in distress, report the sighting to the Marine Mammal Stranding Network at 1-877-925-7773.

Sports Fishing Report: September 17, 2018

Sep 17, 2018

Unalaska Bay/Dutch Harbor Road System

Issued September 17, 2018

Silvers are going strong in most local rivers and in particular at Captain’s Bay. Silver runs should still have another two weeks of decent fishing! ADFG in Kodiak is looking for volunteers to do stream surveys this fall for road system streams, contact us if you are interested!

Regulation reminders:

John Ryan / KUCB


A rat is loose on St. Paul Island. And that’s a big deal because the Pribilof Islands have always been rat free.

Steve Delehanty, Refuge Manager for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, says rats bring significant economic and environmental concerns.

“They damage people’s property. They damage food storage. They damage ship and boat electronics. They damage wildlife,” Delehanty said. “They eat birds, they eat bird eggs, they eat chicks. They can also transmit diseases.”