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Posts Tagged ‘Avian Cholera’

To Shishmaref and Savoonga

56 year old Harlan Kingeekuk of Savoonga appeared to have died from hypothermia on his journey to a dig site. Photo Credit: KNOM (2014)

Thanks to a sponsorship with a regional airline, KNOM staff and volunteers benefit from free travel to many of the communities our mission serves. Lately, our volunteers have been taking full advantage of this opportunity by keeping tabs on nearby villages. Last autumn, volunteer Anna Rose MacArthur visited the communities of Shishmaref and Savoonga (suh-VOON-guh),…

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A talk show for the birds

Common murres

Last autumn, a high rate of strange deaths was observed with seabirds in Western Alaska (including common murres, pictured). Ultimately, as KNOM’s news department reported, the bird deaths were linked to a specific disease, avian cholera. Naturally, many of our listeners had concerns about this phenomenon – concerns that we did our best to address,…

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Update News: December 13th, 2013

In Friday’s news: Gov. Sean Parnell releases budget plans for next year; AST and Nome DA’s office file charges after finding nearly 13 ounces of marijuana in the mail; Alaska sees its first ever die off because of Avian Cholera near St. Lawrence Island. http://www.knom.org/wp-audio/2013/12/2013-12-13-knom-update-news.mp3

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Touchstone: Seabird Deaths and Avian Cholera

Common murres

This Friday on Touchstone (December 13, 2013 at 10am), we’re talking about our region’s recent seabird deaths and the disease – avian cholera – to which these deaths have now been linked. Avian cholera is a fairly common infection for waterfowl; it’s responsible for tens of thousands of bird deaths annually. What is uncommon, however,…

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Update News: December 6th, 2013

In Friday’s news: State is launching website and phone-lines for families in need of aid after November storms; Multi-agency effort works to organize aid and relief efforts to communities on St. Lawrence Island; Western Arctic Caribou Herd Working Group concludes conference with discussion of Ambler Road Project; Dead birds of St. Lawrence Island killed by…

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