Alaska Outdoors

Fish Creek wading

Last Monday, my friends Ian and Claire joined me on a mellow meander through the forest, out Fish Creek on North Douglas. Last time I… Continue reading

Hiking Sheep Creek Valley

In early June, Parks &Rec hikers went up the Sheep Creek trail on a day of fitful rain showers and intermittent sunshine. This is a… Continue reading

Are dandelions taking over the country?

Their cheery, bright yellow flower heads adorn the roadsides in late spring, before the compulsive mowing machines decapitate them. Foraging deer, bears, and human herbivores… Continue reading

Hunting for fish in Alaska’s steelhead-bearing rivers and streams

For most people, steelhead — sea-run rainbow trout — are “the fish of 10,000 casts.” To catch them, you stand waist-deep in a spring-melt river,… Continue reading

Traversing the Juneau Icefield

The University of Alaska Southeast Outdoor Studies Program has a yearly leadership capstone trip to compile all of the skills learned over the year. This… Continue reading

Land and sea

We often think of land and sea as totally separate entities, and this is commonly reflected in separate governmental jurisdictions. But the biological reality is… Continue reading

Tidepooling in May

Mid-May brought some fairly low tides during the daylight hours, so naturally I had to go prowling in the intertidal zone to see what I… Continue reading

Birds compete fiercely for nesting sites

Birds are usually very choosy about where to put their nests. Some species prefer a site right next to a tree trunk where the nest… Continue reading

Spring happens!

The end of April and early May brought signs that our reluctant spring was finally happening, at least at low elevations. The bright yellow display… Continue reading

Spring photo contest winner

Last week, we asked you to send us your best outdoors shot that epitomizes “spring” in a photo. Thanks to everyone who shared their photos… Continue reading

A good, early spring walk

In mid-April, I had the privilege of observing a necropsy of a subadult male sea lion that recently died. The carcass lay near the end… Continue reading

Late Petersburg man named Fisherman of the Year

United Fishermen of Alaska, the state’s largest organization for commercial fishermen, has posthumously named Michael Bangs of Petersburg as its Fisherman of the Year for… Continue reading

Fountains of youth

Myths and legends abound concerning magical waters that restore youthful appearances and sometimes might increase longevity. Over 2,000 years ago, an historian of ancient Greece… Continue reading

Proposals due for joint fish, game board

The deadline to submit proposals to change how Alaska’s Fish Board and Board of Game advisory committees operate is approaching. Alaskans have by May 1… Continue reading

Bird feathers and the smell of tangerines

Millions of Alaska birds nest on rocky emerald islands seen by few people other than ship captains. One of the funkiest of these creatures is… Continue reading

Moose in northern Southeast Alaska

In the past several years, the annual probability of sighting moose or their leavings has increased from something close to zero to 100 percent. Moose… Continue reading

Climbing a really big tree in Cowee Creek

I had an idea to revisit a giant tree I had previously seen down Cowee Creek. Cowee Creek is out the road, just past 37… Continue reading

Alaska hot springs, far and wide

KANUTI HOT SPRINGS — After a few hours of skiing through deep snow, Forest Wagner and I smelled a tuna sandwich. We knew we were… Continue reading

‘Mountains beyond mountains’: How human waste (that’s right, poop!) can be transformed into safe and useful resources

I arrived in Juneau last summer with mixed emotions. I was excited to start a new life in Southeast, but I’d also just left behind… Continue reading

Birds of a feather: Why do birds do things in groups?

It is said that “birds of a feather flock together,” and indeed they do. We see gangs of crows — sometimes 100 or more —… Continue reading