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Traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) about salmon is held and practiced by local fishers and elders in Central Yup'ik, Deg'Hitan and Koyukon communities of the Yukon River. At present this information contributes little to fisheries management on the Yukon River. At the direction of the Yukon River Drainage Fisheries Association, to better understand changing salmon runs, Alaska Native fishers in the communities of Alakanuk, St. Mary's, Holy Cross, and Nulato were interviewed about their observations, knowledge and understanding of king salmon populations and behavior. Participants provided a variety of examples of TEK indicators describing salmon arrival time and run strength. Utilization of TEK increases the...
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This report summarizes the results of research conducted in 2012 on the subsistence harvest and uses of wild foods for the study year of 2011 in 8 Kuskokwim and Yukon River communities: Napakiak and Napaskiak in the Lower Kuskokwim; McGrath, Takotna, and Nikolai in the Upper Kuskokwim; and Russian Mission, Anvik, and Grayling in the lower-middle Yukon River. The total estimated population of all study communities was 2,023. The principal questions addressed by the Donlin Gold Subsistence Research Program were how many wild foods were harvested for subsistence, the harvest amounts, and how these foods were distributed within and between communities. Related questions addressed the role of wild foods in Alaska’s economy,...
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ABSTRACT. Lightning and fire characteristics within the Northwest Territories (NWT) jurisdiction of the Mackenzie Basin between 1994 and 1999 are examined using data from the lightning detection network operating in the NWT and from the national Large Fire Database maintained by the Canadian Forest Service. The convective storm season with associated lightning activity over this region is short hut intense, with a strong peak in cloud-to-ground lightning during July. The maximum area of lightning activity is influenced by local moisture sources and by topography. The diurnal distribution of cloud-to-ground flashes indicates that most of the lightning was linked to thunderstorms initiated by daytime heating. The...
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This report presents community-specific wild food consumption rate estimates for rural Alaska populations. The estimates are indirect measures of consumption, based on information on the annual harvest and use of wild resources from household surveys conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Subsistence. For about 220 communities, one or more. An anlysis of harvest vs. consumption rates, with descriptions of measures of consumption useful for risk assessment related to food borne contaminants.
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PURPOSE: The exchange of lands between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Doyon, Limited is proposed to enhance the Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge of Alaska. Doyon is the largest private landowner in the refuge and an Alaska Native regional corporation that has been interested in acquiring federal oil and gas interests since the refuge was established in 1980. Under the terms of an agreement in principle between the FWS and Doyon, the U.S. government would receive fee title to lease 150,000 acres of Doyon lands, including both surface and subsurface rights, with priority fish and wildlife habitats that can be incorporated into the refuge. Doyon would receive fee title to 110,000 acres of refuge lands,...
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Organochlorine chemical residues and elemental contaminants were measured in northern pike (Esox lucius), longnose sucker (Catostomus catostomus), and burbot (Lota lota) from 10 sites in the Yukon River Basin (YRB) during 2002. Contaminant concentrations were compared to historical YRB data and to toxicity thresholds for fish and piscivorous wildlife from the scientific literature. A risk analysis was conducted to screen for potential hazards to piscivorous wildlife for contaminants that exceeded literature-based toxicity thresholds. Concentrations of total DDT (sum of p,p'-homologs; 1.09–13.6 ng/g), total chlordane (0.67–7.5 ng/g), dieldrin (<0.16–0.6 ng/g), toxaphene (<11–34 ng/g), total PCBs (<20–87 ng/g), TCDD-EQ...
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Although the three papers that comprise this thesis analyze distinct problems they are all rooted in the study of human ecology. To that end they are based on the same data set and share the same goals. Participatory research methods involving semi-structured interviews with twenty community experts, seasonal rounds and human ecological mapping are employed to analyze the subsistence livelihoods of the Koykon Athapaskan people of Ruby Village as a manifestation of human ecological relations. Chapter 1 examines the contribution of indigenous knowledge to understandings of hydrologic change in the Yukon River and its tributaries including observations of alterations in sediment and river ice regimes. Chapter 2 considers...
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RÉSUMÉ. Les gouvernements des Premières Nations du sud du Yukon figurent au rang des partenaires du projet des névés du Yukon, dans le cadre duquel des chercheurs font des fouilles dans les névés de sommet de montagnes où d'anciens artefacts de chasse sont retrouvés. Les programmes du patrimoine administrés par ces gouvernements, qui coordonnent la participation de leurs citoyens à ces activités, mettent l'accent sur le patrimoine culturel immatériel. Aux yeux de ces gouvernements, ce projet constitue une occasion de renforcer leur culture, de faire en sorte que les citoyens connaissent mieux leur histoire et d'exprimer les valeurs des Premières Nations en ce qui a trait aux ressources culturelles. La principale...


map background search result map search result map Environmental Contaminants in Fish and Their Associated Risk to Piscivorous Wildlife in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska Plants and habitats- a consideration of Dene ethnoecology in northwestern Canada Proposed Land Exchange Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge Final Environmental Impact Statement. Volume 1. Abstract, Executive Summary, and Chapters 1 through 5 Human Ecological Dimensions Of Change In The Yukon River Basin: A Case Study Of The Koyukon Athabascan Village Of Ruby, AK The politics of adaptation: Subsistence livelihoods and vulnerability to climate change in the Koyukon Athabascan village of Ruby, Alaska Lightning and Fires in the Northwest Territories and Responses to Future Climate Change Twenty-five years of vegetation change along a putative successional chronosequence on the Tanana River, Alaska Sustainability of Arctic Communities: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration of Researchers and Local Knowledge Holders Listen to our elders: Investigating traditional ecological knowledge of salmon in communities of the Lower and Middle Yukon River Reconciling Traditional Knowledge, Food Security, and Climate Change: Experience From Old Crow, YT, Canada The subsistence harvest  in 8 communities in the Kuskokwim River drainage and lower Yukon River, 2011 Cultural Landscapes, Past and Present, and the South Yukon Ice Patches PLANTS, PLACES, AND THE STORIED LANDSCAPE: Looking at First Nations Perspectives on Plants and Land Uqausriptigun : in our own words : Selawik elders speak about caribou, reindeer, and life as they knew it Uqausriptigun : in our own words : Selawik elders speak about caribou, reindeer, and life as they knew it The politics of adaptation: Subsistence livelihoods and vulnerability to climate change in the Koyukon Athabascan village of Ruby, Alaska Twenty-five years of vegetation change along a putative successional chronosequence on the Tanana River, Alaska Sustainability of Arctic Communities: An Interdisciplinary Collaboration of Researchers and Local Knowledge Holders Reconciling Traditional Knowledge, Food Security, and Climate Change: Experience From Old Crow, YT, Canada Human Ecological Dimensions Of Change In The Yukon River Basin: A Case Study Of The Koyukon Athabascan Village Of Ruby, AK Cultural Landscapes, Past and Present, and the South Yukon Ice Patches Proposed Land Exchange Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge Final Environmental Impact Statement. Volume 1. Abstract, Executive Summary, and Chapters 1 through 5 Listen to our elders: Investigating traditional ecological knowledge of salmon in communities of the Lower and Middle Yukon River Plants and habitats- a consideration of Dene ethnoecology in northwestern Canada The subsistence harvest  in 8 communities in the Kuskokwim River drainage and lower Yukon River, 2011 PLANTS, PLACES, AND THE STORIED LANDSCAPE: Looking at First Nations Perspectives on Plants and Land Environmental Contaminants in Fish and Their Associated Risk to Piscivorous Wildlife in the Yukon River Basin, Alaska Lightning and Fires in the Northwest Territories and Responses to Future Climate Change