The aurora borealis shines in the night skies above Juneau on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

The aurora borealis shines in the night skies above Juneau on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Jack Beedle)

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A bald eagle flies over Eagle Beach north of Juneau last summer. (Courtesy Photo | Charles Baxter)

A bald eagle flies over Eagle Beach north of Juneau last summer. (Courtesy Photo | Charles Baxter)

The sun sets over the Douglas mountains on Sept. 14, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

The sun sets over the Douglas mountains on Sept. 14, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

A seal peers backward in Tracy Arm. (Courtesy photo | Linda Shaw)

A seal peers backward in Tracy Arm. (Courtesy photo | Linda Shaw)

A seal stretches in Tracy Arm. (Courtesy photo | Linda Shaw)

A seal stretches in Tracy Arm. (Courtesy photo | Linda Shaw)

A mountain goat rests in Tracy Arm. (Courtesy photo | Linda Shaw)

A mountain goat rests in Tracy Arm. (Courtesy photo | Linda Shaw)

A whale dives on the way to Tracy Arm. (Courtesy photo | Linda Shaw)

A whale dives on the way to Tracy Arm. (Courtesy photo | Linda Shaw)

A sepia version of Tracy Arm, taken Aug. 31, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Linda R. Shaw)

A sepia version of Tracy Arm, taken Aug. 31, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Linda R. Shaw)

A seal lion feasts on salmon in Amalga Bay harbor on Sept. 4, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Jeanne Kosfeld)

A seal lion feasts on salmon in Amalga Bay harbor on Sept. 4, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Jeanne Kosfeld)

A mushroom grows in backyard off Back Loop Road, Sept. 8, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Vicki Kerr)

A mushroom grows in backyard off Back Loop Road, Sept. 8, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Vicki Kerr)

Hikers stand at the edge of Naked Man Lake, below East end of Mount Troy, on Sept. 6, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Sandy R. Williams)

Hikers stand at the edge of Naked Man Lake, below East end of Mount Troy, on Sept. 6, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Sandy R. Williams)

The view from Naked Man Lake looking at Juneau, Sept. 6, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Sandy R. Williams)

The view from Naked Man Lake looking at Juneau, Sept. 6, 2019. (Courtesy photo | Sandy R. Williams)

A colorful jellyfish sticks to the rocks at low tide along Cowee Creek on Aug. 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A colorful jellyfish sticks to the rocks at low tide along Cowee Creek on Aug. 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

The sun sets over the Chilkat Peninsula on Aug. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

The sun sets over the Chilkat Peninsula on Aug. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

A young humpback whale breaches a quarter-mile from shore off Point Louisa, just outside of Auke Bay, on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Ken Gill)

A young humpback whale breaches a quarter-mile from shore off Point Louisa, just outside of Auke Bay, on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Ken Gill)

The northern lights color the night sky above the Mendenhall Valley on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Marshall Aquino)

The northern lights color the night sky above the Mendenhall Valley on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Marshall Aquino)

A yellow warbler perches on a mountain ash tree Aug. 29, 2019, near the Juneau International Airport. (Courtesy Photo | Ken Gill)

A yellow warbler perches on a mountain ash tree Aug. 29, 2019, near the Juneau International Airport. (Courtesy Photo | Ken Gill)

Courtesy Photo |<strong> Jim Hammond</strong>
                                An unidentified slug clings onto a fireweed plant at the base of Salmon Creek Trail in August.

Courtesy Photo | Jim Hammond An unidentified slug clings onto a fireweed plant at the base of Salmon Creek Trail in August.

A bear looks out over Sweetheart Creek on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kim Hollingsworth)

A bear looks out over Sweetheart Creek on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kim Hollingsworth)

A bear looks out over a cliff near Sweetheart Creek south of Juneau on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kim Hollingsworth)

A bear looks out over a cliff near Sweetheart Creek south of Juneau on Tuesday, July 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kim Hollingsworth)

Several brown bears explore the waters of Pack Creek on Admiralty Island on Aug. 15, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Zelma Dawdy Covington)

Several brown bears explore the waters of Pack Creek on Admiralty Island on Aug. 15, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Zelma Dawdy Covington)

A pair of bald eagles snatch fish out of Salmon Creek in July 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Zelma Dawdy Covington)

A pair of bald eagles snatch fish out of Salmon Creek in July 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Zelma Dawdy Covington)

A black bear cub hangs out near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Roy Santoro)

A black bear cub hangs out near the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Roy Santoro)

The moon sets over Juneau on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Roy Santoro)

The moon sets over Juneau on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Roy Santoro)

The Salmon Creek Waterfall near the Salmon Bake is pictured this spring. 
                                Courtesy Photo | <strong>Tom Matthews</strong>

The Salmon Creek Waterfall near the Salmon Bake is pictured this spring. Courtesy Photo | Tom Matthews

A Sitka black-tailed deer glances through the forest on Shelter Island in early August. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

A Sitka black-tailed deer glances through the forest on Shelter Island in early August. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

A black bear hauls a salmon by the fishing weir in a salt chuck by Amalga Harbor on Aug. 1, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Ken Gill)

A black bear hauls a salmon by the fishing weir in a salt chuck by Amalga Harbor on Aug. 1, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Ken Gill)

A fisherman trolls for salmon at sunset at Hand Troller Cove during calm seas on Aug. 2, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

A fisherman trolls for salmon at sunset at Hand Troller Cove during calm seas on Aug. 2, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

The sun sets over the Chilkat Mountains on July 23, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

The sun sets over the Chilkat Mountains on July 23, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Townsends Warbler under Norwegian Maple foliage in garden. (Courtesy Photo | Ken Gill)

Townsends Warbler under Norwegian Maple foliage in garden. (Courtesy Photo | Ken Gill)

A brown bear sow and cubs along the Chilkoot River in Haines on July 25, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Charles Baxter)

A brown bear sow and cubs along the Chilkoot River in Haines on July 25, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Charles Baxter)

A rufous hummingbird stops to smell the roses in the Lena Cove area on July 29, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A rufous hummingbird stops to smell the roses in the Lena Cove area on July 29, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A black bear with his lunch near Amalga Harbor on July 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A black bear with his lunch near Amalga Harbor on July 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A juvenile Anna’s hummingbird pictured in Lena Cove on July 20, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A juvenile Anna’s hummingbird pictured in Lena Cove on July 20, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A multi-colored nasturtium flower blooming in late July. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A multi-colored nasturtium flower blooming in late July. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A solo fireweed plant in Cowee Meadow in Point Bridget State Park on Sunday, July 21, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A solo fireweed plant in Cowee Meadow in Point Bridget State Park on Sunday, July 21, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

Fireweed surrounds a solo parsley plant in Cowee Meadow in Point Bridget State Park on Sunday, July 21, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

Fireweed surrounds a solo parsley plant in Cowee Meadow in Point Bridget State Park on Sunday, July 21, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A young black bear leaves the Juneau photographer’s garden on July 17, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

A young black bear leaves the Juneau photographer’s garden on July 17, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kenneth Gill)

Cottongrass pictured July 10, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Deborah Rudis)

Cottongrass pictured July 10, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Deborah Rudis)

A brown bear cub plays in Lutak Inlet outside of Haines on July 10, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

A brown bear cub plays in Lutak Inlet outside of Haines on July 10, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

Fireweed infested with small bugs near 5th and Franklin Streets on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Fireweed infested with small bugs near 5th and Franklin Streets on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Small black bugs crowd into the tip of a fireweed blossom near 5th and Main Streets on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Small black bugs crowd into the tip of a fireweed blossom near 5th and Main Streets on Friday, July 12, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

A solitary black bear searches the tideline for mussels in Tracy Arm on July 7, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A solitary black bear searches the tideline for mussels in Tracy Arm on July 7, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

A hummingbird makes the rounds at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum on June 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

A hummingbird makes the rounds at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum on June 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janice Gorle)

The sun sets over Lincoln Island in the foreground and the Chilkat Peninsula mountains in the background during the recent smoke and haze event that affected the Juneau area. The photo was taken in the Saginaw Channel area on June 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

The sun sets over Lincoln Island in the foreground and the Chilkat Peninsula mountains in the background during the recent smoke and haze event that affected the Juneau area. The photo was taken in the Saginaw Channel area on June 30, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Jerry Reinwand)

The Mendenhall Glacier viewed from the top of Thunder Mountain on Friday, June 28, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Deborah Rudis)

The Mendenhall Glacier viewed from the top of Thunder Mountain on Friday, June 28, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Deborah Rudis)

A walrus yawns on Round Island in Bristol Bay on June 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A walrus yawns on Round Island in Bristol Bay on June 27, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Linda Shaw)

A pair of talkative swallows chat in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge on June 13, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

A pair of talkative swallows chat in the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge on June 13, 2019. (Courtesy Photo | Janine Reep)

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