Alaska Wildlife Alliance


Those who live close to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers know belugas sometimes feed there. But it’s been a mystery how many whales actually travel through those waterways, particularly in the spring.

This year, a large team of volunteer observers counted for the first time how many Cook Inlet belugas passed through the rivers between March and May. They counted just over 220 belugas.

Sabine Poux/KDLL

Safari Club International is appealing a decision from a federal judge to uphold hunting and trapping restrictions in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

The hunting advocacy group hopes the court will reconsider the November ruling, said Regina Lennox, litigation counsel for SCI.

Refuge hunting regs challenged by state

Jan 9, 2020
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


Hunting regulations put in place on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge three years ago are at the center of a new lawsuit filed by the state of Alaska.

Citizen scientists wrap up Fall Beluga count

Nov 15, 2019


Belgua whale watching has wrapped up for the season. The organized, scientific variety anyway. The fall beluga count administered by several government agencies and volunteer groups around Cook Inlet formally finished its work for 2019 last week. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke with Kenai resident Ed Schmitt of the Alaska Wildlife Alliance about the group’s work documenting the endangered belguas, whose numbers still hover below 350 animals.



National Audubon Society

The Kenai Peninsula hosts 300 bird species, and spring is a great time to see, and hear them.

That’s the message from George Kirsch, who gave a presentation on birds of the Kenai Peninsula Thursday night at the Soldotna Library. Kirsch retired from a 30-year career with the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, where he put his master’s degree in zoology to good use. Nowadays, he and his wife, Bev, are avid birders in Soldotna, where they moved in 2010.

Kirsch’s presentation was the kickoff of Wildlife Thursdays, a monthly series of presentations offered by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance. The Alliance is a statewide group headquartered in Anchorage that is now expanding programming to the Kenai Peninsula.