Alaska Outdoors

More otters washing up; cause remains unknown

The cause of an unusual number of dead and dying otters winding up on Homer beaches remains unexplained, but preliminary results suggest toxins from harmful… Continue reading

This photo of a chickadee with a deformed beak was taken on Nov. 16 at the residence of Pamela Manley in Kasilof.

Bird experts investigate chickadee beak deformity

Researchers in Anchorage are working to crack a tough nut in the form of a beak deformity affecting a large portion of black-capped chickadees and… Continue reading

This photo of a chickadee with a deformed beak was taken on Nov. 16 at the residence of Pamela Manley in Kasilof.
Illuminated by the beam of a flashlight, a quartz vein sits in stark contrast to the dark surrounding rock in an abandoned mine adit in 2009.

A bittersweet goodbye

Of course, it’s not truly the end. But, for me, a chapter is closing and a new one is about to begin.The work I’ve done… Continue reading

Illuminated by the beam of a flashlight, a quartz vein sits in stark contrast to the dark surrounding rock in an abandoned mine adit in 2009.
Bleu, a great blue heron rescued on Douglas Island in late August.

Recent rescue at the JRC: Bleu

NAME: BleuTYPE OF BIRD: Great Blue HeronWHEN RESCUED: Aug. 21. WHAT HAPPENED: When a Douglas resident discovered a Great Blue Heron hunkered down in her… Continue reading

Bleu, a great blue heron rescued on Douglas Island in late August.

Eaglecrest Ski Area to open early

Eaglecrest Ski Area will give Juneauites a chance to shake off their turkey hangovers with a little early skiing.On Wednesday, Juneau’s ski area announced it… Continue reading

JGC to host annual Turkey Shoot Saturday

The public is invited to try their luck and skill at this year’s Juneau Gun Club Turkey Shoot happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.… Continue reading

Juneau area ski and snow report as of March 15

New snow (24 hours):• Base: 3.4 inches• Top: 4 inchesNew Snow (48 hours):• Base: 6.4 inches• Top: 7 inchesTotal snow:• Base: 21 inches• Top: 50… Continue reading

State forestry office in Haines closing for winter

HAINES — Due to recent budget cuts, the Alaska Division of Forestry office in Haines will be closed to the public for most of the… Continue reading

Applications now being accepted for Hilary Lindh Scholarship

Eaglecrest Ski Area’s annual Hilary Lindh Scholarship Competition is open once again, with four winners who will be awarded a 2015-16 season pass to Juneau’s… Continue reading

Annual Trail Mix auction to benefit Treadwell Trail bridges

The public is invited to attend Trail Mix Inc.’s annual dinner and auction happening at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21. Proceeds from this year’s… Continue reading

Montana Creek Road closed to vehicular traffic for winter

Montana Creek Road beyond the Hank Harmon Rifle Range is now closed for the winter season; the road will reopen on May 1, 2016 or… Continue reading

Ten sea lions basked in sunshine and calm waters off Lena Point on Dec. 7.

Wild Shots

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos via email to: Outdoors editor, outdoors@juneauempire.com.… Continue reading

Ten sea lions basked in sunshine and calm waters off Lena Point on Dec. 7.

Trans- boundary mine deal moves forward

Lieutenant Gov. Byron Mallott on Monday shared with a citizens’ advisory group a draft copy of a statement of cooperation with British Columbia about an… Continue reading

Water, contaminated with acid, runs from the entrance of the Tulsequah Chief Mine in Canada in a picture taken in Oct. 2008.

Tulsequah Chief ordered to get clean in three months

British Columbian officials have told the owners of a long-closed mine polluting the Taku River to come up with a plan to fix the mine’s… Continue reading

Water, contaminated with acid, runs from the entrance of the Tulsequah Chief Mine in Canada in a picture taken in Oct. 2008.

Alaska Science Forum: Bark beetles farther north primed for another run

Ed Berg has spent much of his life observing the natural happenings on a large peninsula (the Kenai) that juts from a larger peninsula (Alaska).… Continue reading

Skiers skin up through fresh snow at Eaglecrest on Monday.

Photos: Enjoy it while it lasts

With the arrival of enough snow to cover Eaglecrest Ski Area from top to bottom, snow enthusiasts have been taking advantage of the additional outdoor… Continue reading

Skiers skin up through fresh snow at Eaglecrest on Monday.
An elusive American bittern hunts and hides in an alder swamp.

On the Trails: Another rare bird sighting – a bittern

On day in early-mid November, I was splashing and splodging around in one of the campground lakes, noting signs of beaver activity. As I emerged… Continue reading

An elusive American bittern hunts and hides in an alder swamp.
Volunteers work to install a split rail cedar fence along Jordan Creek. They hope the fence will prevent plowed snow, and its accompanying contaminants, from entering the creek.

Saving Jordan Creek

In certain places, it’s easy to forget about Jordan Creek: its lower reaches run between parking lots, shopping complexes, and the airport.It’s also easy to… Continue reading

Volunteers work to install a split rail cedar fence along Jordan Creek. They hope the fence will prevent plowed snow, and its accompanying contaminants, from entering the creek.

Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute gets new director

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute has named Alexa Tonkovich its new executive director.Tonkovich previously served as the organization’s international director, supervising its overseas marketing programs.… Continue reading

NOAA outlines whale protection rules for Navy testing

The National Marine Fisheries Service has outlined rules to protect whales and other marine mammals during testing conducted by the U.S. Navy off the Pacific… Continue reading