Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta and the Seward Peninsula

Written by Ed Mallek
Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Today we finished surveying the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta (YKD). This is our largest survey area and has the most diverse and highest densities of waterfowl. The coastal zone of this survey area has very high concentrations of nesting geese, ducks, and swans. Densities are lower in the interior of the YKD, but numbers are still high. We surveyed this area for three full days, and while en route to Kotzebue via Nome (Seward Peninsula). The southwest portion of the YKD was slightly icier than normal. Our survey from Bethel to Nome was normal with good survey conditions. We encountered some poor weather between Nome and Kotzebue, which required us to fly around the mountains due to low ceilings. After we flew west around the mountains just north of Nome, we encountered good weather on the Seward Peninsula and into Kotzebue. We thought the Seward Peninsula would be slightly icier than normal (late spring), but we found good survey conditions on the Seward Peninsula with less ice on lakes than in recent years.

Seward Peninsula