Alaska Outdoors

Homing pigeons use magnetic sense to locate their home roost.

It’s magnetic: How animals use their senses to find home

A real-life function of magnetic sense is known in many animals.

Homing pigeons use magnetic sense to locate their home roost.

Sundogs, light pillars enliven the dog days

There are some rewards that come with cold, clear skies.

Who eats ferns?

Bracken fern is notorious for its toxins.

Of words and warmth

They say the next best thing to fly fishing is reading about fly fishing.

Courtesy photo | Deborah Rudis 
                                Mountain sentinels: Snow-laden trees at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday.

Strange winter: Warm December yields to deep cold January

December was so warm that beavers stayed active, collecting branches for their winter caches and dam repairs, leaving trails in a thin snow cover. The… Continue reading

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                                Mountain sentinels: Snow-laden trees at Eaglecrest Ski Area on Sunday.

Alaska Science Forum: Keeping the carbon in Alaska forests

Time is running short to reduce carbon emissions.

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                                Author Jeff Lund on a hike in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho.
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                                Author Jeff Lund on a hike in the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho.
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                                Inspiring Girls Expeditions is holding two tuition-free expeditions for 16- and 17-year-old girls in Alaska this summer.

Program introduces girls to science expeditions in wilderness

Expeditions in Alaska will explore a glacier and the intertidal zone.

Courtesy Photo | Joan Travers 
                                Inspiring Girls Expeditions is holding two tuition-free expeditions for 16- and 17-year-old girls in Alaska this summer.

A winter walk in Gustavus

The day began in quiet leisure.

Glacier in retreat: What the Taku is teaching us about climate change

A changing climate has caught up with the glacier.

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                                Stephen Lewis, a researcher with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gives a presentation on golden eagles in Alaska at University of Alaska Southeast on Thursday.
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire
                                Stephen Lewis, a researcher with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gives a presentation on golden eagles in Alaska at University of Alaska Southeast on Thursday.
Eric Prestegard, outgoing executive director of Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc., leads a tour of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in this January 2016 file photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

DIPAC’s longtime executive director retires

He had been executive director since 2002.

Eric Prestegard, outgoing executive director of Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc., leads a tour of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery in this January 2016 file photo. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Adeline Hiemstra, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Randy Smith Middle School in Fairbanks, presented at the massive American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2019 in San Francisco. (Ned Rozell | For the Juneau Empire)
Adeline Hiemstra, a 14-year-old eighth grader at Randy Smith Middle School in Fairbanks, presented at the massive American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2019 in San Francisco. (Ned Rozell | For the Juneau Empire)

Like the first time

Hearing ourselves out.

Fungi — more friends than foe

It would be a dull life without them.

At the tipping point: How do we stop cruise ship tourism from going overboard?

How did we get here and are we doing enough to protect our town from tourism’s effects?

Ice fog forms at about minus 35 Fahrenheit. (Ned Rozell | For the Juneau Empire)

The physics of 40 below

Life rolls on.

Ice fog forms at about minus 35 Fahrenheit. (Ned Rozell | For the Juneau Empire)