Bobby Schaeffer and Mik' Lindley

A partnership for residents of Arctic Alaska coastal communities to share expertise and knowledge of changing coastal conditions

Above: Bobby Schaeffer, AAOKH Qikiqtaġruk observer, and AAOKH graduate student Mik’aq Lindley on the sea ice of Kotzebue Sound.

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May 23, 2023

AAOKH team members were featured recently in a news article on the Exchange for Local Observations and Knowledge of the Arctic (ELOKA) website regarding our work documenting long-term local observations in collaboration with Arctic communities, and particularly, outcomes from our 2022 Observer Meeting in November. ELOKA hosts the online database which AAOKH observations are housed…

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February 21, 2023

We are excited to share the latest edition of AAOKH News, from the Alaska Arctic Observatory & Knowledge Hub (AAOKH). This will be sent in print to all mailbox-holders in AAOKH communities, but you can read it online here! This edition is jam-packed, featuring summaries of: 

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On Tuesday, June 6, Bobby Schaeffer shared from Qikiqtagruk (Kotzebue): "Ugruk hunting is now in full swing. Hunters are reporting a healthy population of ugruk in the Kotzebue Sound. With good ice out there, the success rate in landing an ugruk is good. Our Spring herring run is here as well. Herring go up to their spawning areas on Kobuk Lake to spawn, then return to the sea. Locals are busy catching them off the sea wall. They clean them, salt them for a bit, then pickle them. Yummy! The river brake-up is done. A lot of high water in

Participating Communities

AAOKH coordinates observations from Indigenous Knowledge holders across the communities below. These observations provide a broad-scale view of changing coastal conditions and impacts on access to traditional marine resources.

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