Nature

A moon jellyfish swims in Gastineau Channel on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Seeing lots of jellyfish around Juneau? Here’s why.

Reports of peanutbutterfish are uncomfirmed at this time.

 

Mendenhall Glacier master plan calls for major change

Construction not expected until 2022 at the earliest.

 

Alan Thomas Soltys-Gray fishes for salmon. (Courtesy Photo | Tony Soltys)
Alan Thomas Soltys-Gray fishes for salmon. (Courtesy Photo | Tony Soltys)
A Sitka black-tailed deer. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Opinion: Open your eyes to the deer on Douglas

In a letter to the editor on Dec. 22 Gary Miller states that he can’t see deer on Douglas Island. Yet I see deer tracks… Continue reading

A Sitka black-tailed deer. (Courtesy Photo | Kerry Howard)

Planet Alaska: Muskeg Love

Muskeg life is wet, mushy, juicy, fleshy, tangy, glabrous, globose and glandular.

Katie McCaffrey racing the Herbert Glacier Trail. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)

Photos: Biking and hiking Herbert Glacier

Over the weekend Katie McCaffrey and I spent almost eight hours approaching and exploring the Herbert Glacier at mile 28 on the Juneau road system.… Continue reading

Katie McCaffrey racing the Herbert Glacier Trail. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)
Brilliant fall foliage reflected in a pond near the glacier. (Courtesy Photo | Bob Armstrong)

Autumn leaf colors

Juneau leaf-peepers don’t have to travel to the upper Midwest or New England for a view of lovely fall colors.

Brilliant fall foliage reflected in a pond near the glacier. (Courtesy Photo | Bob Armstrong)
This small row boat was docked semi-permanently in beach grass.
This small row boat was docked semi-permanently in beach grass.
Two rusty blackbirds, in winter plumage, forage at the edge of Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Bob Armstrong)

Embrace September’s slowing pace

In September, the natural world slows down.

Two rusty blackbirds, in winter plumage, forage at the edge of Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Bob Armstrong)

Beavers do good work!

North American beavers were very nearly exterminated from the entire continent by European trappers and settlers.

Caption Keagan Walker steering the boat to Fritz Cove. (Gabe Donohoe | For Juneau Empire)

Photos: Fritz Cove skiff ride

I am usually hiking or climbing. This time I wanted to get on the water.

Caption Keagan Walker steering the boat to Fritz Cove. (Gabe Donohoe | For Juneau Empire)

On the Trails: Early fall in Cowee Meadows

A trip to Cowee Meadows usually provides a curious naturalist with something to contemplate. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye out for… Continue reading

Fishing for the Soul

A close friend asked me what changed during a particularly deep conversation the other night.