Alaska Outdoors

Tracking animal footprints in the snow

Few critters are making themselves visible.

Study: Degrading permafrost puts Arctic infrastructure at risk by mid-century

In the Arctic, a high potential of thawing permafrost in the next 30 years.

Friend and foe?

As hunters and anglers, we are allies and enemies.

Something to mink about

These weasel family members are all over Alaska.

Photos: Thanksgiving in Fairbanks

You can’t understand “dry cold” until you feel it.

Remembering the effects of plastics

We are entering finals week at the University of Alaska Southeast. As students and faculty wrap up our courses, many of us are thinking about… Continue reading

Eagle eyes

How does visual acuity work?

Black Friday shoppers wait in line to check out at the Nebraska Furniture Mart store in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. (Nati Harnik | Associated Press)

Shopping spree self-control

What Black Friday weekend really looked like.

Black Friday shoppers wait in line to check out at the Nebraska Furniture Mart store in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. (Nati Harnik | Associated Press)

Movie screening to show gardens, raise funds for arboretum

Movie screening to show gardens, raise funds for arboretum It will be a well-seasoned event. “Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf” will be screened… Continue reading

The Kaxdegoowu Heen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge) Trail is close to being eroded away by the Mendenhall River on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The Kaxdegoowu Heen Dei (Brotherhood Bridge) Trail is close to being eroded away by the Mendenhall River on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
In this July 9, 2014 photo, an adult humpback whale breaches in Lynn Canal near Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Food chain disruption eyed in Hawaii whale sighting decline

Issue likely caused by warmer ocean temperatures in Alaska.

In this July 9, 2014 photo, an adult humpback whale breaches in Lynn Canal near Juneau. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Tree nets at night

It’s dark all the time now. When you leave for work or school, there is no light coming home either. Winter in Juneau.

From my window

There hasn’t been a lot of observable biological activity on recent walks.

Short-lived salmon play a role in long-term survival

Jacks are an important part of most, if not all, sockeye runs.

Flying — with or without wings

How many other little tricks of flight are out there, still to be discovered?

Is it really surprising?

I’ve been pretty surprised with how surprised I’ve been lately. First has been the early afternoon darkness after daylight saving time. Despite growing up in… Continue reading

Claire Helgeson attempts to cross between two snow covered ponds. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)

Photo blog: First snow of the season

A fresh new winter season feels good.

Claire Helgeson attempts to cross between two snow covered ponds. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)