Alaska Outdoors

The site of the Hotel Valdez, destroyed in the Great Alaska Earthquake of March 1964. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)

Earthquakes and insects on Alaska road trips

“It felt like the earth was a giant halibut, and I was the fishing pole.”

The site of the Hotel Valdez, destroyed in the Great Alaska Earthquake of March 1964. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)
Trails offer signs of Autumn’s beginning
Trails offer signs of Autumn’s beginning
University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Ben Jones smiles during a recent interview on the Fairbanks campus. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)

Scientist finds healing in return to site of fatal crash

Ben Jones recently returned to the tundra site of a May plane crash that took the life of the pilot.

University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Ben Jones smiles during a recent interview on the Fairbanks campus. (Courtesy Photo / Ned Rozell)
Thanks to writer John Gierach, Jeff Lund has discovered a love for brown trout, bamboo fly rods and Colorado’s Frying Pan river. (Jeff Lund / For the Juneau Empire)

Appreciating a legend while he’s still around

Things like fly fishing are endless springs of inspiration if you do them right.

Thanks to writer John Gierach, Jeff Lund has discovered a love for brown trout, bamboo fly rods and Colorado’s Frying Pan river. (Jeff Lund / For the Juneau Empire)
This photo shows a fly infected by Cordyceps entomopathogenic fungus. There are many hijackers in the animal kingdom and some parasites alter the behavior of their hosts. (Courtesy Photo / Alejandro Santillana)
This photo shows a fly infected by Cordyceps entomopathogenic fungus. There are many hijackers in the animal kingdom and some parasites alter the behavior of their hosts. (Courtesy Photo / Alejandro Santillana)
The cause of orange trees in the Alaska Range may surprise you

The cause of orange trees in the Alaska Range may surprise you

It was as if someone had pepper-sprayed the Denali Highway.

The cause of orange trees in the Alaska Range may surprise you
Starlings, like the one shown in this photo, are among the birds known to mimic the songs of other species. (Pixabay)
Starlings, like the one shown in this photo, are among the birds known to mimic the songs of other species. (Pixabay)
This July 1998 photo shows the Bristol Bay shoreline near Naknek. (Courtesy Photo / Stan Shebs)

Bristol Bay deals with latest challenge: COVID-19

Bristol Bay fishermen, processors and communities are under threat — and not for the first time.

This July 1998 photo shows the Bristol Bay shoreline near Naknek. (Courtesy Photo / Stan Shebs)
Researcher recalls lonely night spent in fiberglass hut on volcanic crater’s lip

Researcher recalls lonely night spent in fiberglass hut on volcanic crater’s lip

Guy Tytgat’s room was 4 feet wide and 5 feet tall, made of fiberglass and near a volcanic crater.

Researcher recalls lonely night spent in fiberglass hut on volcanic crater’s lip
(Jeff Lund / For the Juneau Empire                                 Down at the ocean is a reward dinner of…Cheetos?

Food for thought

It might be best to stay out of the chip aisle before a trip to the alpine

(Jeff Lund / For the Juneau Empire                                 Down at the ocean is a reward dinner of…Cheetos?
Pride of Bristol Bay: Lessons from a Bristol Bay ‘salmon mama’
Pride of Bristol Bay: Lessons from a Bristol Bay ‘salmon mama’
Courtesy Photo / David Bergeson                                 This photo shows a watchful young ptarmigan in Granite Basin.

Tales from 2 trails and some bird stories

By Mary F. Willson For the Juneau Empire A group of friends went up the Granite Basin Trail in mid-August. Lots of work has improved… Continue reading

Courtesy Photo / David Bergeson                                 This photo shows a watchful young ptarmigan in Granite Basin.
Howler monkeys, like the ones seen here, protest intruders by making a great racket and pelting the intruders with feces. (Courtesy Photo / Wikimedia)

Gross but good: How dung, mucus and more are used in nature

Animals (and people) make use of many things we find icky

Howler monkeys, like the ones seen here, protest intruders by making a great racket and pelting the intruders with feces. (Courtesy Photo / Wikimedia)
Konrad Steffen, wears glasses and a yellow tie, at the White House in 2016, where he represented Switzerland at the first Arctic Ministerial Conference. (Courtesy Photo / Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape)

Glaciologist dies in Greenland crevasse

The glaciologist never worked in Alaska, but Steffen’s work influenced a scientist here.

Konrad Steffen, wears glasses and a yellow tie, at the White House in 2016, where he represented Switzerland at the first Arctic Ministerial Conference. (Courtesy Photo / Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape)
Why are Alaska’s salmon shrinking?

Why are Alaska’s salmon shrinking?

Researchers have found an answer —and explored what it means.

Why are Alaska’s salmon shrinking?
Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska

Reader-submitted photos for July 2020.

Wild Shots: Photos of Mother Nature in Alaska
More than 13 acres of land on North Douglas now owned by Southeast Alaska Lad Trust and known as the Grummett Wetlands will be open to the public for passive recreation. That includes activities such as hiking, birding and exploring. (Courtesy Photo / Southeast Alaska Land Trust)
More than 13 acres of land on North Douglas now owned by Southeast Alaska Lad Trust and known as the Grummett Wetlands will be open to the public for passive recreation. That includes activities such as hiking, birding and exploring. (Courtesy Photo / Southeast Alaska Land Trust)
Frustration is part of hunting, but only a fool would let it ruin the entire experience. (Jeff Lund / for the Juneau Empire)

Sometimes you have to stop and smell the alpine

There is no dignity in a tantrum on the mountain or otherwise.

Frustration is part of hunting, but only a fool would let it ruin the entire experience. (Jeff Lund / for the Juneau Empire)
Salmon derby soldiers on for 74th year
Salmon derby soldiers on for 74th year
Meet the percussionists of the animal world
Meet the percussionists of the animal world