Minto and Tetlin Flats Completed

Written by Ed Mallek
Friday, May 21, 2010

Photo of Ed Mallek.We attempted to conduct the survey on Minto Flats which is just west of Fairbanks, AK, on 19 May but had to return due to high winds in the survey area (greater than 25 mph). The following day (20 May) provided us good survey conditions and we conducted surveys on Minto Flats as well as Tetlin Flats. Tetlin Flats are located near the Native village of Tetlin, which is in the upper Tanana River valley near Northway, AK. This area is where the Alaska Highway enters Alaska from Canada.

We encountered dry conditions in both these surveys areas. All of the lakes and most of the ponds still have water in them, but they have a large margin of dry grass. Normally, the margins are filled with water this time of year and water slowly recedes throughout the summer. Many of the sloughs that are filled every spring from high water levels in the rivers are also dry or nearly dry this year. Wildfire activity, due to the extremely dry conditions, continues to increase throughout interior Alaska, and we are hopeful that the wildfires will not interfere with this survey.

Typical habitat in stratum 44 near Sturgis SD(Credit:  Terry Liddick, USFWS)

Dry conditions on the Minto and Tetlin Flats in Alaska. Credit: Ed Mallek, USFWS

Typical habitat in stratum 44 near Sturgis SD(Credit:  Terry Liddick, USFWS)

Dry conditions on the Minto and Tetlin Flats in Alaska. Credit: Ed Mallek, USFWS

Typical habitat in stratum 44 near Sturgis SD(Credit:  Terry Liddick, USFWS)

Dry conditions on the Minto and Tetlin Flats in Alaska. Credit: Ed Mallek, USFWS

Typical habitat in stratum 44 near Sturgis SD(Credit:  Terry Liddick, USFWS)

Dry conditions on the Minto and Tetlin Flats in Alaska. Credit: Ed Mallek, USFWS