With the clock running out in January, the Bush administration, ignoring the concerns of its own scientists and possibly breaking federal law, looks to open a vital stretch of Arctic habitat to offshore oil and gas drilling. So much for saving endangered bears.
The Tongass National Forest is a stunning landscape of old-growth rainforest, mountains, islands, glaciers, and fjords. Ancient stands of the largest old-growth trees make up only about 3 percent of the Tongass, yet these are also the trees most often targeted for logging. If we act today, we have an unprecedented opportunity to conserve the remaining ecological pieces of the world's last great temperate rainforest.
Teshekpuk Lake is located on the North Slope of Alaska and is one of the most ecologically important wetlands in the entire Arctic. This sensitive area provides habitat for tens of thousands of molting geese, threatened species like the Spectacled Eider, and the 45,000-head Teshekpuk Lake Caribou Herd. This video was sponsored by Audubon Alaska and the Wildlife Conservation Society, in cooperation with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.