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Canning River Delta, Alaskan Arctic.
Members of the Central Arctic Caribou Herd congregate at the edge of the Arctic Ocean to escape the pressure from myriads of mosquitoes. A cold breeze from the ocean helps to keep mosquitoes down. This area of the Canning River Delta was slated for oil development.
Arctic Refuge, Alaskan Arctic
Towards the end of June Caribou start to form larger herds on the coastal plains north of the Brooks Range. With warmer temperatures the tundra greens but also produces myriads of mosquitoes.
Members of the Central Arctic Caribou Herd migrates across the Canning River Delta at the border of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaskan Arctic
Western Arctic, Alaska
With over 350 000 members the Western Arctic Herd is Alaska`s biggest caribou herd. The area of the proposed Western Arctic Coal mine overlaps with their annual migration route. As the entire herd of hundreds of thousands of individuals comes together it seems to become one enormous living organism moving across the tundra. Every year the Western Arctic Caribou Herd migrates many hundreds of miles. Kukpuk River Valley with Sakpik Mountain in background.
Members of the Western Arctic Caribou Herd cross the Kukpuk River as the herd slowly starts their migration towards the Brooks Range in early July.
Chukchi Sea, Alaska
A large lead develops north of Point Hope in the Chukchi Sea during sea ice breakup in late May.
Aerial perspective of ice pack over the Chukchi Sea along the arctic coastline during the summer.
Curious grizzly investigates a unfamiliar shape as it patrols the edge of the Canning River, Arctic Refuge, Alaskan Arctic.
Beaufort Sea, Alaska
A large group of common Murre swim on a melting pool of sea ice in the arctic ocean.
Chukchi Sea, Alaskan Arctic
Kitiwakes resting on the sea ice. The impact of an oils pill in the arctic ocean environment would have devastating effects on marine species from birds to marine mammals.
Utukok River, Western Arctic, Alaskan Arctic
This Peregrin Falcon uses the cliffs along the Utukok River for its nest. The remoteness of the Arctic wilderness once was the last stronghold of the bird as DDT crashed populations in the south.
Arctic Tundra, Northern Tip of the National Petroleum Reserve, Alaskan Arctic
A snowy owl sit on its remaining clutch while its warming one chick that has already hatched.
A female snowy owl is easy to recognized by its flecked feathers in comparison with pure whiteness of a male snowy owl.
Copper River Delta, Prince William Sound, Alaska
At high tide this group of Western Sandpipers are resting to conserver energy between their strenuous migratory flights of hundred even thousands of miles.
Barents Sea, Norway
An ice floe miles from shore is the only place for a polar bear mother and her cub to rest as the summer progresses.
The rising moon glows orange over northern Greenland.