Science & Environment

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Unalaska students Cade Terada and Carter Price are working towards protecting the Alaskan environment for future generations.

The two juniors are members of the Arctic Youth Ambassadors program, which brings together high schoolers from around the state to discuss and learn about environmental issues.

Arctic Youth Ambassadors is a program run by the U.S. State Department, the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, and Alaska Geographic, a non-profit that partners with the state's parks, refuges and forests.

KUCB/John Ryan photo

Chapter 1. An Amazing Disaster

From a viewing blind in the middle of a seal rookery on Alaska's remote Pribilof Islands, it can be hard to fathom this place once holding vastly more life than it does now.

Untold thousands of chubby brown bodies drape over boulders and sprawl across the tundra into the distance: northern fur seals. Their bleating, groaning and barking fill the cool, salty air.

Unalaska Students Aim To Make Waves At Tsunami Bowl

Feb 25, 2016

  Local students participating in the 2016 Tsunami Bowl left Wednesday for the annual competition in Seward.  The team this year consists of Amelia Napper, Taylor Holman, Dustin Ruckman, Bridget Nalam, and Brian Conwell. 

The Tsunami Bowl is Alaska’s version of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a nationwide marine sciences competition. Unalaska has been attending since 2005. 

Suzi Golodoff

Twenty one adults and five kids, in nine parties, counted birds from daylight until dusk, by foot, by car and by kayak on December 27, 2015, as part of the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count effort.   We covered a combined 36 miles of territory within the Unalaska Island Count Circle.   Our count day weather was decent (having postponed while a gale whipped through) with temperatures at 39F, light southerly winds and rain holding off until afternoon.  Lakes, rivers and ponds were mostly unfrozen.

Greta Mart / KUCB

Out of over 7400 contaminated sites around Alaska, a hundred are in Unalaska and Dutch Harbor. That's among the highest concentration of contaminated sites in the state, besides Adak.