Author: George Divoky (George Divoky)

The nearly impossible 2020 field season
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The nearly impossible 2020 field season

Maintaining a long-term study of an Arctic seabird on a remote island off the northern Alaska coast has never been easy.  Maintaining that study in 2020, when very few things anywhere in the world were easy, meant dealing with a new set of logistical hurdles and personal dilemmas and sacrifices.  Thanks to the extraordinary help...

A decreased breeding effort, but the colony persists.
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A decreased breeding effort, but the colony persists.

This improbable 2020 field season is finishing its second week. As I anticipated, being back in Utqiagvik and heading out to Cooper Island helped make this bizarre year feel a little more normal.  But once on the island, my initial census of the colony quickly reminded me that, while the entire world is focused on...

Against all odds: a 2020 field season
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Against all odds: a 2020 field season

In early spring, when the first evidence of the scale of the pandemic was becoming clear, many field biologists realized that restrictions or concerns about travel would prevent them from having a field season. The impact was especially bad for graduate students and early career researchers who had worked hard to obtain funding and prepare...

Webinar on Cooper Island documentary now streaming
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Webinar on Cooper Island documentary now streaming

The April 24th webinar with Joe McNally discussing his 2001 and 2019 visits to Cooper Island and the making of the documentary Watching the Earth Melt Away, is now available for on-demand online viewing at this link or clicking on the image below. Many thanks to both Joe and PhotoShelter for telling the story of...

Earth Day 2020
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Earth Day 2020

In honor of Earth Day 2020, Joe McNally and Photoshelter will be holding a webinar where Joe will discuss his 2001 and 2019 visits to Cooper Island, the photos and video he obtained during those visits and the importance of conservation photography in engaging and educating the public. We had planned to have Joe attend...

[POSTPONED] Annual Seattle Update – Tuesday March 17th
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[POSTPONED] Annual Seattle Update – Tuesday March 17th

Watching the Arctic Melt Away We regretfully have to postpone our annual Seattle update due to increasing concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus and our patrons’ health, including the recent decision by Town Hall Seattle to suspend in-person attendance for all events. Reporting to our followers at our Seattle annual event is a yearly highlight for...

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Talking climate change at CES in Las Vegas

My three months on Cooper Island every summer for the past 45 years is characterized by long periods (up to 6 weeks) of being alone and with little dependence on the technological gadgets and infrastructure that dominate the lives of those living on the grid in the early 21st Century. The isolation and simplicity of...

An old friend returns for a new picture
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An old friend returns for a new picture

This past summer the Cooper Island field camp was thankful to have a return visit from photographer Joe McNally. Joe has been taking photos longer than I have been studying Cooper Island Black Guillemots and his website shows both the quality and scope of his work. His visit in 2001 took place before we had...

World Wildlife Fund features Cooper Island research in Arctic Magazine
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World Wildlife Fund features Cooper Island research in Arctic Magazine

The 2019 winter edition of the World Wildlife Fund’s Arctic magazine, The Circle, features findings from the Cooper Island Black Guillemot study. The entire issue is well worth reading with articles on how the warming Arctic is affecting indigenous people, birds and mammals, and tundra vegetation. The WWF website has additional text and links not...