Alaska Maritime Wildlife Refuge

Harbor porpoises in Halibut Cove Lagoon

Jan 23, 2020
Sebastiaan Koreman Wikimedia Commons

Bring your lunch to Kachemak Bay Campus on Friday, January 24 from noon to 1 p.m. and learn about the secret life of harbor porpoises in Halibut Cove Lagoon.

It’s part of a series of free lectures hosted by the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Photo courtesy of Patrick Saltonstall

In recent decades, researchers around the world have become increasingly concerned about the introduction of invasive species to islands. Some species, like cattle and foxes, were intentionally introduced to Gulf of Alaska islands and have wreaked havoc on ecosystems.

Biologists assumed that settlers also brought Arctic ground squirrels to Gulf of Alaska Islands around the turn of the twentieth century. A new research study, however, has turned this notion on its head.

Murre Die-off around Kachemak Bay in Thousands

Dec 22, 2015
Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Die-offs of Common Murres have been taking place across Alaska since Summer and the latest report is from Kachemak Bay, according to biologists with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer.