It began in the 1750’s with fox farming on the Aleutian Islands. “Fox come, birds go’”, said the Alaska Natives. Among those birds was one of the smallest subspecies of Canada goose. It would take over 30 years of dedicated efforts including hunting bans, habitat preservation, capturing border collies and captive breeding to bring the species back from near-extinction. On March 19, 2001, the Aleutian Canada goose was officially delisted becoming only the twelfth species removed from the list of threatened and endangered species due to recovery. As Education Coordinator for the Alaska Wildlife Refuge which spearheaded the recovery, Melonie was there to celebrate and to learn first-hand the challenges, sorrows, and joys of working with Endangered Species.
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