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Weekly Highlights for 3-7-2012
I. Departmental/Bureau News
A. Upcoming Events
USGS Scientist Participates in the US-Russia Polar Bear Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska
Dr. Lily Peacock, USGS Alaska Science Center research wildlife biologist, will be participating in the US-Russia polar bear scientific working group meeting March 14-16, held at the National Park Service building in Anchorage, Alaska. The United States and Russia share research and management obligations for the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear subpopulation, one of 19 subpopulations worldwide. The U.S.-Russia Polar Bear Commission was formed to oversee implementation of the "Agreement between the United States and the Russian Federation on the Conservation and Management of the Alaska-Chukotka Polar Bear Population (US-Russia Agreement)", and the Scientific Working Group was appointed to provide scientific support to the Commission. The Scientific Working Group will discuss and compile a report to document new research findings, review harvest recommendations, develop recommendations to assess the potential impact of anthropogenic stresses on the Alaska-Chukotka subpopulation, develop an outreach document on the status and biology of the Alaska-Chukotka polar bear subpopulation, and develop a joint U.S.-Russia research strategy.
Contact: Lily Peacock Anchorage, AK, (907) 786-7068
New Partnership Aids Polar Bear Monitoring
USGS Polar Bear Spring Fieldwork begins in March
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II. Press Inquiries/Media
On March 19 at 11am, USGS Alaska Science Center biologist Lily Peacock will be on KBRW radio (91.9 FM Barrow, AK) together with North Slope Borough Biologist, Jason Herreman to discuss USGS polar bear research, the upcoming spring field season, and polar bears in general.