Alaska Outdoors

Stomachs wanted: halibut and flounder

Ever caught an arrowtooth flounder when you were hoping for halibut? Ever had to face the prospect of tossing back your long-awaited catch or cutting… Continue reading

Wrangell Ranger District requests public input on Anan Wildlife Observatory

Wrangell Ranger District requests public input on Anan Wildlife ObservatoryTill March 1, the public can give their say on the Draft Anan Recreation Plan, which… Continue reading

Peregrine falcon chicks on a cliff overlooking the Colville River in northern Alaska.

Alaska Science Forum: Country bird, city bird, same bird

The upper Colville River is one of the quietest places on the planet, a land of cliffs and tundra and tangles of willow. Fashion Island… Continue reading

Peregrine falcon chicks on a cliff overlooking the Colville River in northern Alaska.
Fens and bogs in the rainforest have deep accumulations of carbon.

From rock to forest: Southeast’s carbon sink

To talk with local scientists about the Tongass National Forest is to become aware of how much lies literally beneath its surface.It’s a lot, and… Continue reading

Fens and bogs in the rainforest have deep accumulations of carbon.
A marbled murrelet with a fish at its nest, taken via a spotting scope so as not to disturb the birds.

On the Trails: Murrelets

If you venture out on the water, you will see small, dark brown birds that dive with a flick of their wings or take off… Continue reading

A marbled murrelet with a fish at its nest, taken via a spotting scope so as not to disturb the birds.

Off the Beaten Path: A raven story

The other day, near the tree line on Thunder Mountain, I heard what sounded like an owl. I zigzagged up the slope a few yards,… Continue reading

Safe Home Food Preservation Certification workshop available

Want to learn how to safely preserve Southeast Alaska’s local food resources? Well now you can and get certified at the same time.Through the Juneau… Continue reading

Fly tying get together

The Raincountry Flyfishers will hold a fly tying and social meeting on Wednesday Feb. 24 starting at 7 p.m. in the Thunder Mountain High School… Continue reading

Crude Magazine launches

Juneau local Cody Liska, along with friends and Southeast Alaskan business, has recently launched a magazine called “Crude.” (The logo is in all caps, with… Continue reading

National Forest Service awards honor two Tongass employees

Two Ketchikan Forest Service employees, Dennis Landwehr and Ron Medel, are being nationally recognized for their outstanding contributions to protect and restore fisheries and watershed… Continue reading

Celestial myths, busted

The universe is massive and mysterious, and astronomers are still trying to grasp its true nature, so it’s no wonder that many sky watchers tend… Continue reading

Wrangell Ranger District requests public input on Anan Wildlife Observatory

Till March 1, the public can give their say on the Draft Anan Recreation Plan, which is for the Anan Wildlife Observatory.In a statement on… Continue reading

“Thinking photos” with Mark Kelley

At this Friday’s Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Fireside Lecture, award-winning photographer Mark Kelley will discuss how he conceptualizes a photo and explain his thinking process… Continue reading

Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards nominations open

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking nominations for the 2016 Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The deadline to submit nominations is April 12,… Continue reading

Pacific Seafood Processors Association names vice president for Alaska branch

The Pacific Seafood Processors Association selected Nicole Kimball as vice president – Alaska. Kimball will be based in Anchorage and will start in mid-March.For the… Continue reading

Public comment deadline nears for Tongass management plan

The last day to comment on amendments to the 2008 Tongass Land and Resource Management Plan Tongass Plan is Feb. 22. Find out more at… Continue reading

Dirt Girl: Mapping your garden

Dirt Girl: Mapping your garden

Snow might be in the forecast, but lately, winter has felt too close to spring temperatures not to think about gardening. Of course, I would… Continue reading

Dirt Girl: Mapping your garden
A kind of jelly fungus called witch's butter. Species identity is uncertain without looking at the spores under a microscope.

On the Trails: Finding color in the rain

On a stroll through the forest, occasionally a small, bright orange or yellow spot attracts the eye. Looking more closely, one can see that they… Continue reading

A kind of jelly fungus called witch's butter. Species identity is uncertain without looking at the spores under a microscope.
An ice worm on Bering Glacier.

Ice worms: Enigmas of the north

Recent research on the ice worm has shone some light on the tiny creature that appears when the sun sets on warmish glaciers.Few people have… Continue reading

An ice worm on Bering Glacier.
Tony Soltys hooks up to a Picasso triggerfish while underwater fly fishing. Tony and 12-year-old grandson Alain Thomas Soltys-Gray landed and released all the fish they caught unharmed.

Traveling Outside: Underwater fly fishing in Maui

Tony:Recently, on a family trip to Maui, my grandson Alain and I decided to try fly-fishing not only for different species, but in a way… Continue reading

Tony Soltys hooks up to a Picasso triggerfish while underwater fly fishing. Tony and 12-year-old grandson Alain Thomas Soltys-Gray landed and released all the fish they caught unharmed.