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I never thought I’d have a tray of walrus ovaries on my desk. Earlier this summer, I planned an interview to learn about a student… Continue reading
North American beavers were very nearly exterminated from the entire continent by European trappers and settlers.
This Saturday, people around the world are hitting the beach in the name of taking care of the environment. International Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday,… Continue reading
I am usually hiking or climbing. This time I wanted to get on the water.
Submit your Wild Shots to the Empire.
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
A Douglas Island trail has been getting a makeover, and people can get an update on the progress this Tuesday.
One sunny day, I sat in a small meadow in the Kowee Creek drainage, just taking in the peacefulness and a snack. Some small, red-eyed… Continue reading
Back in the Midwest, in the summers I listened to cicadas calling and crickets chirping — sounds that don’t happen here in Southeast Alaska. We… Continue reading
As I was leaning against a tree wondering how squirrel tastes since no deer were stepping in front of me, I wondered if I really… Continue reading
Nothing fills your lungs, your eyes and your soul like Alaska.
‘Twas the last day of July, and the big meadow at Eagle Beach State Rec Area was decorated with white flowers. Tall, flat-topped inflorescences of… Continue reading
YUKON RIVER — “She’s starting to wail,” Chris Florian says, referring to the worrisome shriek of a peregrine falcon across the river. Florian, her biologist… Continue reading
Earlier this week, while I was walking into work around noon, a small brown bat landed on my head. For a moment I wondered if… Continue reading
I hiked Mount Bradley (Jumbo) Sunday, July 22. By myself but not alone. There were many groups on the trail. It almost seemed like a… Continue reading
It’s midsummer, a good time to slip a canoe onto the Yukon River. I start at the river town of Eagle, population 85, and will… Continue reading
Floating down the Fortymile River, we heard the roar of a rapid just ahead. At the same time, we noticed the caribou, about 50 of… Continue reading