public radio reporter in interior Alaska covering mushing, Arctic science and happenings in the Far North

The Museum of the North: A Collection of Stories from the Basement

Kenelm Phliip collected thousand of butterfly specimens from across the arctic in his lifetime. (photo: Emily Schwing/KUAC

Kenelm Phliip collected thousand of butterfly specimens from across the arctic in his lifetime. (photo: Emily Schwing/KUAC

Museum Experts Sift through the Arctic’s Second Largest Butterfly Collection

Fairbanks, AK – It will be a few months before butterflies flit through the air in Interior Alaska, but the Museum of the North at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was recently filled with them.

The museum is working to catalogue the second-largest collection of Arctic butterflies and moths in the world. It’s the largest private collection of its kind. Eventually most of the specimens will be passed on to the Smithsonian.

 

yukon-dinos-4Thousands of Dinosaur Tracks Discovered Along the Yukon River

Fairbanks, AK – A trip down the Yukon River this summer yielded big results for one University of Alaska paleontologist.

[this story won second place from the Alaska Press Club in 2014 for Best Reporting on Health or Science.]

 

 

 

photo credit: Theresa Bakker, Museum of the North

photo credit: Theresa Bakker, Museum of the North

Thousands of New Fish Specimens Double Museum’s Collection

Fairbanks, AK – The University of Alaska, Fairbanks Museum of the North recently acquired as many as 150-thousand fish and marine invertebrate specimens from the National Marine Fisheries Service.  The acquisition means the museum’s fish collection has doubled in size.

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