Book Documents 25-Year Goose-Banding Project

Robert Paniyak looks back wistfully to a time more than two decades when he helped scientists capture and band geese to address declining numbers of migratory waterfowl in Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

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ANCHORAGE- Robert Paniyak looks back wistfully to a time more than two decades when he helped scientists capture and band geese to address declining numbers of migratory waterfowl in Alaska's Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.

Now Paniyak and others in the Cup'ik Eskimo village of Chevak are about to be inundated with memories from a 25-year partnership with federal agencies for the waterfowl conservation project.
Three years after the end of the program, Chevak residents are getting copies of a glossy book full of photographs taken at the roundup site on marshy, treeless tundra. Many photos include the faces of smiling village young people who participated over the years.
The 90-page book was formally presented to Chevak representatives in Anchorage Thursday by officials with agencies including the U. S. Geological Survey.

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