Alaska Outdoors

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

Video captures skier’s 1,600-foot fall

ANCHORAGE — A professional skier who walked away after falling 1,600 feet down an Alaska mountain says the experience was “gnarly.”Video of Canadian skier Ian… Continue reading

Weird world of northern dinosaurs coming into focus

During Patrick Druckenmiller’s not-so-restful sabbatical year, he is flying to museums around the world. In Alberta a few weeks ago and London now, the University… Continue reading

Three magpies contemplate tricking an eagle out of its lunch.

On the Trails: Magpies

Juneau sees magpies in fall, winter, and early spring, outside of the nesting season. They come to us from nesting areas in the Interior. They… Continue reading

Three magpies contemplate tricking an eagle out of its lunch.
A shooter lines up on a clay target at the first annual fall Juneau Trap Team Invitational Shoot, which happened Nov. 7.

31 kids compete in first fall trap tournament

Thirty-one trap team athletes from Petersburg, Sitka, Haines, and Rabbit Creek, as well as the Houston Hawks, the Colony Knights (of Palmer), the Wasilla Warriors… Continue reading

A shooter lines up on a clay target at the first annual fall Juneau Trap Team Invitational Shoot, which happened Nov. 7.

Chasing Shadows premiere

Eaglecrest Ski Area is premiering Warren Miller Entertainment’s new snowsports film, Chasing Shadows, at the Rockwell Ballroom Nov. 15 - show times at 4 p.m.… Continue reading

Fall fun fest at the glacier tomorrow

The US Forest Service is hosting a family event at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14.… Continue reading

A brown bear makes eye contact with a camera in Denali National Park & Preserve this August.

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

A brown bear makes eye contact with a camera in Denali National Park & Preserve this August.
A feral rabbit darts between yards on Long Run Drive on Thursday.

Rampant Rabbits: Invasive, feral rabbits overrun Valley Neighborhood

Shortly before midnight three years ago, the Department of Fish and Game received word that somebody had spotted a bear between Gee Street and Long… Continue reading

A feral rabbit darts between yards on Long Run Drive on Thursday.
Tundra differences due to thawing in the Anaktuvuk River burn area, photos taken four years apart.

Face of northern Alaska pitted by tundra fire

Eight summers ago, a bolt of lightning struck a dry tundra hillside in northern Alaska. Fanned by a warm wind that curled over the Brooks… Continue reading

Tundra differences due to thawing in the Anaktuvuk River burn area, photos taken four years apart.

Juneau Trap Team to host inaugural Fall Shoot Invitational

The Juneau Trap Team will host its inaugural Fall Shoot Invitational from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Juneau Gun… Continue reading

Winds kicked up waves at Eagle Beach on Sunday, Nov. 1.

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

Winds kicked up waves at Eagle Beach on Sunday, Nov. 1.

On the Trails: Finding noise in the ‘Quiet’

If we venture off into the forest, away from town and roads (and aircraft, if possible), we often comment on the Quiet. But Quiet in… Continue reading

Users looking to reserve West Turner Lake cabin may be paying higher prices if a price-hike is implemented by the U.S. Forest Service. Prices for cabins on the Tongass National Forest could rise from $35 per night, to between $45 and $75 depending on usage. West Turner Lake cabin nightly use could rise to $45.

Forest Service proposes raised cabin fees

Under new proposed rental fees, the cost of a night’s stay at some popular U.S. Forest Service cabins in Juneau will more than double, from… Continue reading

Users looking to reserve West Turner Lake cabin may be paying higher prices if a price-hike is implemented by the U.S. Forest Service. Prices for cabins on the Tongass National Forest could rise from $35 per night, to between $45 and $75 depending on usage. West Turner Lake cabin nightly use could rise to $45.

NPS, state divided on sport hunting rules

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and a state commission tasked with keeping an eye on federal land regulations are both displeased with the… Continue reading

Entries wanted for ASMI’s annual Fishing Families Photo Contest

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is again inviting photographers from Alaska and beyond to enter their photographs in the Alaska Fishing Families Photo Contest, according… Continue reading

School garden grant applications now being accepted

Annie’s grants for gardens is accepting applications through Dec. 4, 2015. This opportunity will award 30 schools $2,500 and three schools $5,000 to be used… Continue reading