Insight into Izembek: From Unangax Culture to the Incredible Wildlife of its Magnificent Lagoons
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 5-6pm (AKDT)
Patrick Magrath, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge
Zoom link and call-in phone number will be posted here prior to meeting date.
If you love gigantic bears, clouds of migrating birds filling the skies, waves of salmon running up the rivers and truly wild conditions — then you will love Izembek Refuge. Patrick Magrath will give you a whirlwind tour of the anthropological history, biodiversity, and significance of Izembek’s magnificent lagoons with their extensive eelgrass meadows. In addition, long time Arctic nesting waterfowl researcher, David Ward, will contribute to this presentation. Most of the world’s population of Pacific Black Brant as well as Steller’s Eiders, Emperor Geese and Cackling Geese visit these lagoons during migration. Located in Southwest Alaska, it is the smallest of the National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska but mighty in terms of sheer numbers of birds and species diversity. It was the first area in the US to be recognized as a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Convention and was designated as a Globally Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society.
Brown Bear at Grant Point, Izembek Refuge, pc Kristine Sowl/USFWS
Pacific Black Brant in Izembek Lagoon, pc Kristine Sowl/USFWS