Wildlife biologists from federal and state agencies in Alaska are working together and performing surveillance testing. They are focusing on sampling birds involved in morbidity and mortality events now but will be sampling healthy wild waterfowl populations as well. The Alaska State Veterinarian's Office is coordinating the surveillance for domestic poultry and captive bird populations (zoos, exhibits, wild bird rehabilitation centers). From all the testing that was done since the original concern for AI (H5N1) coming to Alaska from Asia in 2005, no highly pathogenic AI has been found in Alaska. This year we are anticipating that the virus may enter the state with the return of the migratory waterfowl.

If there are any detections, the State of Alaska and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have response plans that involve the collaboration among state and federal animal heath, wildlife health and public health agencies. There will be public announcements so that we can keep everyone informed and be able to respond to reports of sick or dead birds from the public.

If you encounter 10 or more wild birds that appear sick, are acting abnormally or are dead, you should contact the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (907) 328-8354, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
(866) 527-3358, or the Office of the State Veterinarian at (907) 375-8215.

newsletter4A special thanks to Matt and Chris for the demo table at Cabelas. It’s always good to give back to the community, help new or returning duck hunters, and to visit with old friends. I would also like to say Thank You to Carrie Ann Pratt. She make s working with Cabelas easy and enjoyable. We hope to continue are fledgling alliance with the store and hope to have another demo table soon.

 

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(Palmer) – All but the first mile of the Cottonwood Creek trail in the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge will remain closed to motorized vehicles through the fall season as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game works to protect wetlands. The closure will affect waterfowl hunters and other recreationists who use ATVs to access remote portions of the refuge via the 6.5-mile-long trail.
The restrictions come as critical waterfowl habitat in parts of the refuge is lost to accelerated wetland drainage created by the expansion of naturally occurring tidal guts. ATV use threatens to further escalate tidal gut erosion and speed habitat loss.

 

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2015 05 18 1105 I surely hope you had a chance to attend the AWA Banquet this past Saturday night. I believe it was a huge success and everyone had a great time! The highlight of the night was the young man wining the "Duckhunter Starter Kit" a $1700 value that included a shotgun, waders, jacket, shirt, gloves, decoy bag, decoys, weights, hand crafted call, Cabelas coupon for shells, you name it! This young man was gleaming and had a smile from ear to ear. Was a special moment for everyone that attended. That young man will never forget his winning night. The best part, he will hunt with us this fall. Can’t wait to take him out! If you didn’t attend this great event, I sincerely hope to see you at our next one.

May 2nd we will have an event going on at Rabbit Creek Boat Ramp. We are going to make this a BBQ/Clean up. Bring your small boats, kayaks, canoes, duck boats and let’s have some family fun. If you bring your dogs, please ensure they are on a leash. Don’t need two locked up over a bumper..;)


Hugh Clark

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