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Rewilding: Reintroducing Wild Wood Bison to Alaska

Rewilding: Reintroducing Wild Wood Bison to Alaska

Candice Gaukel Andrews January 29, 2013 8

After more than 100 years of absence from the United States, a wild population of North America’s largest land mammal may soon be reintroduced to Alaska: wood bison. Larger than plains bison (Bison bison bison)—which

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Changing Minds with “Chasing Ice”

Changing Minds with “Chasing Ice”

Candice Gaukel Andrews December 11, 2012 5

Not since Al Gore’s 2006 film An Inconvenient Truth has such a powerful documentary feature film come out about the Earth’s changing climate. In the recently released Chasing Ice, National Geographic photographer James Balog

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Will Arctic Animals Be Able to Outrun a Tundra Turning to Forest?

Will Arctic Animals Be Able to Outrun a Tundra Turning to Forest?

Candice Gaukel Andrews July 24, 2012 7

Hear the phrase “global warming,” and you immediately picture your hometown with a hotter climate. You imagine a line of more southerly plants marching northward to where you live. In turn, as they advance,

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Crittercam: Grizzly Bear Catches a Salmon

Crittercam: Grizzly Bear Catches a Salmon

Candice Gaukel Andrews July 5, 2012 2

Photos of grizzly bears catching salmon over Brooks Falls in Alaska (such as the one above, taken by Steve Morello) have become iconic images for the state and for the still-wild areas of America

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Change of Name: Should “Mount McKinley” Become “Denali”?

Change of Name: Should “Mount McKinley” Become “Denali”?

Candice Gaukel Andrews July 3, 2012 36

Nature surrounds us with an amazing variety of animals, insects, birds, plants and topographic features. To refer to and distinguish the entities in this bounty, we assign them names—often two: one for common use

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Polar Bears Are Older than We Thought — and They Come from Ireland

Polar Bears Are Older than We Thought — and They Come from Ireland

Candice Gaukel Andrews May 15, 2012 18

Scientists — and those of us who are polar bear enthusiasts — have long thought that polar bears started off as brown bears about 150,000 years ago, adapting to their cold environment by developing

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