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    Conducting Pacific black brant age ratio survey with USGS, personnel at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

    Conducting Pacific black brant age ratio survey with USGS, personnel at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

    The Agdaagux Tribe of King Cove’s Tribal Council (ATC) represents the Agdaagux Tribe, the Eastern Aleut people as a federally registered tribe. The ATC began participating in BeringWatch collecting observations of marine mammals in collaboration with the Aleut Marine Mammal Commission in 2008. In recent years the ATC has become a BeringWatch data collection hub in the Aleutian Islands and has collaborated with the communities of Akutan and False Pass to collect a range of marine mammal, seabird and climate change related data. Our overarching goal is to provide an effective community-based ecological monitoring program for collecting and sharing environmental information between the Aleutian Island and Bering Sea communities.

    Current ATC programs include:

    • Local observations of Steller Eiders, Black Brant, Northern Sea Otters, and other ecologically important species.
    • Participation in the USFWS Izembek Wildlife Refuge monitoring activities.
    • Maintaining the local “Citizen Sentinel” network to record observations from community members (e.g. hunters and fishermen).
    • Monitoring nearshore ocean temperatures in collaboration with other Tribes in the BeringWatch network to monitor regional environmental changes.