Shaggy mane mushrooms push through wood chips out the road.

Shaggy mane mushrooms push through wood chips out the road.

Wild Shots

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via email to: Outdoors editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.
For all photos, include the name of the photographer and a description. Images will run as space allows; watermarks will be removed for print.

A flock of pectoral sandpipers take flight in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

A flock of pectoral sandpipers take flight in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

A mallard takes flight in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

A mallard takes flight in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge.

Red berries form the shape of a star this August in Anchorage.

Red berries form the shape of a star this August in Anchorage.

A squirrel rests on a lichen-covered branch in Anchorage this August.

A squirrel rests on a lichen-covered branch in Anchorage this August.

A banded woolybear caterpillar on Admiralty Island. The caterpillars turn into Isabella tiger moths.

A banded woolybear caterpillar on Admiralty Island. The caterpillars turn into Isabella tiger moths.

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Recognitions for Oct. 11, 2020.

Students from Juneau earn acolades.

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Thank you letter for Oct. 4, 2020

Thank you, merci, danke, gracias, gunalchéesh.

EcoChaplain Roger Wharton is an Episcopal priest from Juneau who returns when possible for spiritual inspiration and a taste of wilderness. (Courtesy Photo / Roger Wharton)
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Recognition for Oct. 4, 2020

Juneau student named to dean’s list

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