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red-backed vole

A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska, the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps with peanut butter rolled in oats and placed them in spruce trees. When he returned the next day, he found no flying squirrels. Instead, peering back at him were the beady eyes of the mice of the North, red-backed voles.

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Stairs to Alumni Drive closed Due to construction work in the Taku Drive/Tanana Loop intersection, the stairs to Alumni Drive will be closed through Friday, July 31. A highlighted pathway will provide access to the forestry building. Please use caution in that area as there is also a roofing project taking place. KUAC restrooms to be […]

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Three “Project Jukebox” collections about Alaska railroads, mushing and aviators have been updated and new material added. The updated projects are some of the most popular of the more than 50 “jukeboxes” at the Elmer E. Rasmuson Library. A new film and three new interviews and have been added to the existing 12 interviews on the “Railroads of […]

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In papers written a few years ago, Alaska researchers and others suggested smoky years like this one will be the norm for a few decades as hardwoods replace the spruce of Interior Alaska. The boreal forest, a swath of spruce-dominated woods from Interior Alaska to the Atlantic Ocean, might be in for a big change.

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Fire is a natural part of the boreal forest—an ecosystem dominated by black and white spruce. This species is designed to burn and has cones that release their seeds when under intense heat. (Photo: S. Rupp)

“It’s going to be a bad fire day,” said Scott Rupp, a fire ecologist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and director of the International Arctic Research Center’s Scenarios Network for Alaska and Arctic Planning, as he looked out the window at the thick layer of smoke blanketing the city of Fairbanks. It’s only the middle of […]

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