Alaska Outdoors

Skagway derby cancelled

Skagway derby cancelledSKAGWAY — Skagway’s Pat Moore Memorial Game Fish Derby has been cancelled for the second year in a row due to low returns… Continue reading

Jeff Lund on work vs. luck

I recently read an article in The Atlantic about the perception of luck and why it matters more than most of us think. In fact,… Continue reading

Fish Factor: The start of salmon season

Alaska’s salmon season has gotten underway with lots of optimism, a far cry from the bleak feelings of a year ago.Last year’s fishery was blown… Continue reading

Here are the tools and safety gear Dick Callahan used to cut the wood you see in the background. Photo by Dick Callahan.

Woodshed Kings: Wood heat part II

Wealth is different things to different people. When September rolls around two of the best things in the world are a freezer full of fish… Continue reading

Here are the tools and safety gear Dick Callahan used to cut the wood you see in the background. Photo by Dick Callahan.

My Turn: Legislators should act for families of officers lost in the line of duty

When I discovered during my service as governor that an Alaska State Trooper who was killed on the job would not only leave a spouse… Continue reading

Benjamin Island sea lion haul out.

Wild Shots

Submit your wild shots: The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska’s wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to: Outdoors… Continue reading

Benjamin Island sea lion haul out.

Raincountry Flyfishers’ Casting Night

The 23rd annual Casting Night will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at Twin Lakes. Raincountry Flyfishers and the local chapter of… Continue reading

A Townsend's Warbler banded in Alaska. The winter range of the species extends south along the Pacific coast to the mountains of Central America.

Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Juneau

The Tongass National Forest in partnership with Juneau Audubon Society and Juneau Community Garden Association will host International Migratory Bird Day activities on Saturday, May… Continue reading

A Townsend's Warbler banded in Alaska. The winter range of the species extends south along the Pacific coast to the mountains of Central America.

Summer closure of four islands in Glacier Bay

To prevent human disturbances and mortality rates of chicks during nesting season, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve is closing four different islands in Glacier… Continue reading

A two-year-old black bear walks near the Steep Creek Meadow platform on Tuesday afternoon.

Photos: Bears, bears, everywhere

U.S. Forest Service park ranger Donald Macdovgall 59, stands on the Steep Creek Meadow platform looking down at a adolescent male bear, estimiated to be… Continue reading

A two-year-old black bear walks near the Steep Creek Meadow platform on Tuesday afternoon.

Off the Trails: Sparrows

In late April and early May, I enjoyed seeing a variety of sparrows, most of which were arriving from their winter quarters and fueling up… Continue reading

More than 20 years of changes in an undisturbed patch of tundra in northern Alaska, east of Kaktovik.

Alaska Science Forum: Much of the Arctic is lower than it was before

When botanist Janet Jorgenson first visited a patch of tundra east of Kaktovik in 1988, it was flat, dry and thick with 29 species of… Continue reading

More than 20 years of changes in an undisturbed patch of tundra in northern Alaska, east of Kaktovik.
Young boy planting a seedling

Arbor Day: American legacy

“Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes in the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future.” - J. Sterling MortonTrees… Continue reading

Young boy planting a seedling
Devils club shoots, ready to be harvested. Photo by Corinne Conlon.

Harvesting devil’s club shoots

What an incredible spring. Although I am always happy to see the end of winter, I like the anticipation of waiting for things to turn… Continue reading

Devils club shoots, ready to be harvested. Photo by Corinne Conlon.

Off the trails: Ballet of the unhatched chicks

In April, I listened with pleasure to the Taku Winds’ performance of Moussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. One of the “pictures” illustrated in music is… Continue reading

A house in North Carolina.

The America Trip: Unplanned detour

Walking past the quaint, red brick buildings of downtown Morganton, North Carolina, we took in wafts of cherry blossoms on the soft evening breeze. On… Continue reading

A house in North Carolina.

Alaska company seeks ruling that permafrost can’t be wetland

ANCHORAGE — An Alaska business has sued the Army Corps of Engineers, seeking a ruling that permanently frozen ground cannot be regulated as wetland.A holding… Continue reading

River ice in a channel of the Yukon River near Circle is shown a few hours before breakup.

Alaska Science Forum: Yukon River breaking up with a whimper

CIRCLE — As the pilot of a chartered Cessna 206 curved in for a landing above the Yukon River, his passengers squinted at white river… Continue reading

River ice in a channel of the Yukon River near Circle is shown a few hours before breakup.
Unearthed potatoes.

Dirt Girl: Planting potatoes

Potatoes are one of the easiest things to grow. They are OK with poor soil. They’re even fine with soil that’s acidic, which is most… Continue reading

Unearthed potatoes.

Raincountry Flyfishers meeting

Local fish habitat projects will be the focus of the next Raincountry Flyfishers meeting to be held in the Thunder Mountain High School library at… Continue reading