Another example of what my pitfall traps look like after a bear encounter.
Mom and two cubs crossing the road near one of my field sites.
The bears pull my traps out of the ground and then eat and/or spill the contents before tossing the cups aside. (Normally the white plate would be held over the pitfall trap with the plastic nails to act as a rain cover).
Emilia and her field tech, Elliot, in the field sampling black spruce forest fuel loads at Bonanza Creek LTER in Alaska.
Xanthe Walker organizes tree cores while sampling in the 1987 burn near Delta Junction, Alaska. Michelle Mack
Terry Chapin’s hand drawn map of the 1988 field sites. Sampling these sites this year became much faster with the aid of GPS coordinates and digital maps. Michelle Mack
Mel Boyd measures the remnants of burned shrubs along a transect line across the Shovel Creek fire scar near Fairbanks, Alaska. Xanthe Walker
A boreal forest near Bonanza Creek LTER after a fire. Jill Johnstone, BNZ LTER
Smoke from a forest fire in an Alaskan boreal forest near Bonanza Creek LTER JIll Johnstone, BNZ LTER
Climate-related changes in environmental conditions are challenging rural residents’ ability to traverse the land and access subsistence resources.