Alaska Outdoors

This week’s snow report

This week’s snow report:Eaglecrest Ski Area:New snow (24 hours):• Base: 0 inches• Top: 0 inchesNew Snow (48 hours):• Base: 0 inches• Top: 0 inchesTotal snow:•… Continue reading

$950,000 for 2016 marine debris cleanup

Despite the tons of marine debris that have been removed from Alaska shorelines in recent years, large quantities are still accumulating. Polystyrene foam, clearly identifiable… Continue reading

Dusky dolphins, one of UAS professor Heidi Pearson's topics at this Friday's Fireside lecture.

Today’s Fireside Lecture centered on humpback whales

University of Alaska Southeast assistant professor Heidi Pearson will present her research on the behavior of humpback whales and dolphins today during two Fireside Lectures… Continue reading

Dusky dolphins, one of UAS professor Heidi Pearson's topics at this Friday's Fireside lecture.

NOAA releases new action plans for at-risk species

Today, NOAA Fisheries released new five-year action plans for the eight marine species identified as among the most at risk of extinction through NOAA’s Species… Continue reading

Territorial Sportsmen fundraiser

The sixteenth annual Southeast Fundraiser of the Territorial Sportsmen, Inc./Alaska Outdoor Council will be at Centennial Hall on Friday, Feb. 26. Gov. Bill Walker will… Continue reading

USFS ammending Tongass land use plan

The U.S. Forest Service is amending the 2008 Tongass Land Use and Resource Management plan.Read about proposed changes here: http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/tongass/landmanagement/?cid=stelprd3801708.Comments on proposed changes are due… Continue reading

Data gaps hinder explanation for seabird die-off

ANCHORAGE — A preliminary investigation into the massive die-off of common murres, one of the Northern Hemisphere’s most abundant seabirds, off Alaska’s coast is revealing… Continue reading

Casting for fish – the practice rounds

Tony Soltys, president of Raincountry Flyfishers, has been honing Juneau’s flyfishing technique since 1993. This spring, he’ll offer a round of lessons for beginners,“There’s a… Continue reading

A blue heron takes wing along the shore of Lynn Canal.

Off the Beaten Path: A humble request for Playbird Magazine

Dear Mr. Hugh Hefner:Both you and I know there comes a time when the pleasures of Earth no longer amount to much. It’s easy to… Continue reading

A blue heron takes wing along the shore of Lynn Canal.
Chris Thomas, left, and Don Thomas, right, wait to ski Montana Creek Trail. The microclimate of the area and the openness of the trail means it stays open when other trails close. As of Wednesday morning, it was the only trail Juneau Nordic Ski Club was grooming, though that could change, especially out the road, if Juneau keeps getting snow at night this week.

Where winter stays

This January may not have had much snowfall, but it’s still winter out Montana Creek, where volunteers with the Juneau Nordic Ski Club have been… Continue reading

Chris Thomas, left, and Don Thomas, right, wait to ski Montana Creek Trail. The microclimate of the area and the openness of the trail means it stays open when other trails close. As of Wednesday morning, it was the only trail Juneau Nordic Ski Club was grooming, though that could change, especially out the road, if Juneau keeps getting snow at night this week.
Song sparrows in Juneau are darker than those in drier places. The pigmentation may help protect against mold.

On the Trails: Song Sparrows

Winter is not the best time for watching land birds. Eagles, crows, and ravens, yes. There are lots of ducks and gulls on the water,… Continue reading

Song sparrows in Juneau are darker than those in drier places. The pigmentation may help protect against mold.
A polar bear, photographed north of Alaska in 2014.

Alaska Science Forum: Polar bears walking a treadmill of ice

Stronger winds and thinner ice are forcing Alaska polar bears to work harder to remain in Alaska, according to scientists who have studied increased movements… Continue reading

A polar bear, photographed north of Alaska in 2014.

NOAA releases draft climate science action plan for southeastern Bering Sea

As part of its efforts to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information, NOAA Fisheries on Feb. 3 released a draft climate science… Continue reading

Master gardener classes

It’s not too early to think about this year’s garden. The UAF Cooperative Extension Service will offer master gardener training in Juneau, beginning Feb. 9.… Continue reading

Southeast Alaska deer hunting reports due to ADF&G

The Sitka black-tailed deer hunting season is now closed in Southeast Alaska. All hunters who obtained deer harvest tickets, even those who did not hunt… Continue reading

Zach Brown, pictured at work in the Arctic, will this evening talk about Arctic sea ice changes and their implications at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's Fireside Lecture.

Arctic Ocean sea ice lecture

The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center’s free Fireside Lecture this evening will be presented by Arctic oceanographer Zach Brown, who recently received his PhD from Stanford… Continue reading

Zach Brown, pictured at work in the Arctic, will this evening talk about Arctic sea ice changes and their implications at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's Fireside Lecture.
Anne Sutton, foreground, practices a flyfishing cast in a 2014 flyfishing class taught by Raincountry Flyfishers president Tony Soltys.

Kobuk, Wulik, Situk fly fishing

Juneau’s flyfishing club, Raincountry Flyfishers. will meet Wednesday Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Thunder Mountain High School library. George Elgee will show slides… Continue reading

Anne Sutton, foreground, practices a flyfishing cast in a 2014 flyfishing class taught by Raincountry Flyfishers president Tony Soltys.

Killer and humpback whales

Juneau resident Doug Jones will next Thursday talk at the Juneau Audubon Society’s Feb. 11 program about killer and humpback whales. The talk is called… Continue reading

Dzantik'i Heeni student Ian Bugayong, left, and Floyd Dryden student Tim Degener compete while shooting Daisy Avanti 888 Medalist Co2 air rifles with .177 caliber pellets at 10 meter targets. The pellets travel 580 feet per second. This is the fifth year Juneau's middle schools have competed in air rifle competitions.

Middle school air rifle season underway

Juneau’s middle school shooting sport athletes are halfway through their fifth season. Jan. 28, they competed in the first match of the season at Floyd… Continue reading

Dzantik'i Heeni student Ian Bugayong, left, and Floyd Dryden student Tim Degener compete while shooting Daisy Avanti 888 Medalist Co2 air rifles with .177 caliber pellets at 10 meter targets. The pellets travel 580 feet per second. This is the fifth year Juneau's middle schools have competed in air rifle competitions.
Eric Prestegard, executive director of Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc., leads a tour of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on Wednesday to people attending the Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit.

The (human) future of Alaska’s fisheries

Alaska’s fishing fleet may be graying, but there isn’t much gray at the sixth annual Alaska Young Fishermen’s Summit, hosted by the Alaska Sea Grant… Continue reading

Eric Prestegard, executive director of Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc., leads a tour of the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on Wednesday to people attending the Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit.