This section speaks to the biological environment of the Cook Inlet drainages – that is the vegetation, fish, birds, mammals and amphibians which occur or are suspected to occur in the study area. Research reported here has been assembled from 2004-2008, with some sections including data gathered through 2010. Download individual chapters from the link at the right, either in summary or complete form, or explore individual chapters below.
Dominant vegetation types within the mine study area, as well as typical plant species composition and distribution
Extent and types of wetlands within the study area
Distribution, density and abundance, channel morphology, habitat, flow, fluvial geomorphology and temperature modeling.
Habitat availability and habitat-value assessments for birds and mammals
Benthic flora and fauna of the intertidal and subtidal habitats of Iliamna and Iniskin bays
Beach seine sampling, gill net and trammel net sampling and trawl net sampling for fish and invertebrates
Seasonal distribution and abundance of marine-oriented wildlife
Rare plant species, conservation status of protected wildlife