Nina Faust, a retired High School teacher, taught at Homer High and various Anchorage high schools during her 21 years of teaching. She lives on Inspiration Ridge Preserve in Homer with her partner Ed Bailey where she actively clicker trains her two pet alpacas, Gypsy and Canela. She and Ed are co-founders of Kachemak Crane Watch, which is dedicated to the protection of Sandhill Cranes and their habitat in Homer, Alaska and the surrounding Kachemak Bay area. She is also active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and a variety of local conservation groups.
After passage of the Alaska Lands Act in 1980, biologist Edgar Bailey and volunteer Nina Faust surveyed a 200-mile section of the Alaska Peninsula coast from Jute Bay to Amber Bay, checking almost all the bays and nearly all of the islands along the way.
Today, USFWS does not let personnel do surveys in this fashion as it is considered too dangerous.
In the 1970′s biologists did reconnaissance of offshore islands throughout Alaska’s coastal areas to determine abundance and distribution of marine mammals and birds to help select lands for new refuges, parks, and monuments that would be created under the 1980 Alaska Lands Act.
In 1979, USFWS biologist Edgar Bailey and I undertook a 400 mile survey of the Alaska Peninsula.
In Homer, Alaska, there lives a goose who thinks he is a Sandhill Crane. He travels all over Homer with the cranes, eating, sleeping, and flying with them.
He takes no guff from any of the cranes. It will be interesting to see if the goose makes it down to the wintering grounds in California with the cranes and back again this spring.