Alaska Outdoors

Alaska recipe book

Alaska Child Nutrition Programs has come out with an Alaska specific recipe book. ‘Make It Local: Recipes for Alaska’s Children’ is available online and prints… Continue reading

‘Sharing the Trails’ event aims to demystify trapping

Trapping season in the Juneau area opened Nov. 1 and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game would like to make sure that dog walkers,… Continue reading

Annual Ski Sale happening Saturday

The annual Juneau Ski Sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 7 at Centennial Hall. The main hall of… Continue reading

A team of researchers recording the sounds of whales in Alaska’s Arctic have recorded humpback whales singing in the Chukchi Sea, something previously thought to happen only in tropical waters.

Oceanographers find whalesong in Arctic waters

A team of researchers recording the sounds of whales in Alaska’s Arctic have recorded humpback whales singing in the Chukchi Sea, something previously thought to… Continue reading

A team of researchers recording the sounds of whales in Alaska’s Arctic have recorded humpback whales singing in the Chukchi Sea, something previously thought to happen only in tropical waters.

Rising seas, peat may have done in large ice age animals

ANCHORAGE — Woolly mammoths and other large ice age mammals thrived in northern Alaska until environmental changes turned grasslands into peat and rising sea levels… Continue reading

Fees to use the U.S. Forest Service's Peterson Lake Cabin may be going up. The USFS has proposed an increase from $35 per night to $75 per night.

Forest Service considers cabin fee hikes in Chugach, Tongass

The U.S. Forest Service is asking for public input as it considers whether to raise rental rates for 184 public cabins in the Chugach and… Continue reading

Fees to use the U.S. Forest Service's Peterson Lake Cabin may be going up. The USFS has proposed an increase from $35 per night to $75 per night.

Tongass Advisory Committee to meet

The federal Tongass National Forest Advisory Committee will meet in Ketchikan from Dec. 1-3, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Friday.The… Continue reading

‘Taking Care of the Kids’ the topic of upcoming Wildlife Wednesday lecture

Next Wednesday, local biologist, photographer, author and naturalist Bob Armstrong will give a presentation on how Southeast Alaskan animals — from spiders to deer —… Continue reading

Colorado ski season starts with opening of A-Basin, Loveland

DENVER — Colorado ski season is underway with not one but two resorts to choose from.Both Arapahoe Basin and Loveland ski areas began operating their… Continue reading

On the Trails: Mutual bonds

Mutually beneficial relationships (a type of symbiosis, which just means “living together”) are common under the aegis of Mother Nature. Some obvious ones are bees… Continue reading

Off the Beaten Path: Watch out, Iliamna Lake Monster, here I come

Next summer, I plan to fish for the Lake Iliamna Monster. I’m bored of catching salmon, halibut and trout, and it doesn’t look like the… Continue reading

Kim Valverde and Brian Maupin of the Southeast Soil and Water Conservation District conduct the first comprehensive invasive plants survey in the Mendenhall wetlands.

Southeast Alaska’s invisible (and invasive) war

There are wars most people don’t notice right here in Juneau.There’s a war between fireweed and reed canary grass out at Brotherhood Bridge. There’s one… Continue reading

Kim Valverde and Brian Maupin of the Southeast Soil and Water Conservation District conduct the first comprehensive invasive plants survey in the Mendenhall wetlands.
Dermestid beetles adults and larvae cleaning a grizzly bear skull in the University of Alaska Museum's beetle lab.

Alaska Science Forum: Flesh-eating bugs gorge in the name of science

Aren Gunderson parks his truck, steps out and strips off his sweatshirt.“I always take off my outer clothing layer,” says the caretaker of the University… Continue reading

Dermestid beetles adults and larvae cleaning a grizzly bear skull in the University of Alaska Museum's beetle lab.

ADF&G to hold meeting on new guide requirements

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish will hold a meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 2 to answer questions… Continue reading

Biologist Jeff Williams near a midget submarine on Kiska Island in the far west Aleutians in 2004.

Alaska Science Forum: Human-powered torpedo on Alaska’s remote island

On a damp island far out in the Aleutian chain, a secret weapon of Japan’s World War II Navy sinks into the sod. A Type-A… Continue reading

Biologist Jeff Williams near a midget submarine on Kiska Island in the far west Aleutians in 2004.
A belted kingfisher in late summer flies past a rocky shore in Tenakee Springs.

Wild Shot

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 belted kingfisher in late summer flies past a rocky shore in Tenakee Springs.

Invasive species workshop hosted in Juneau

The Alaska Invasive Species Workshop Oct. 27-29 in Juneau will highlight invasive species management and issues in Southeast Alaska and around the state.Keynote speaker John… Continue reading

Eaglecrest bike trail volunteer work day happening Saturday

The Juneau Mountain Bike Alliance has organized a volunteer work day at the site of the new mountain bike trail at Eaglecrest Ski Area from… Continue reading

A northern pygmy owl (the very one that flew across the road for us) pauses in a tangle of trees and branches near Juneau in October.

On the Trails: Early fall observations

In the meadows near Cowee Creek, a few late flowers bloomed. Salmon carcasses littered the mudflats and creek bank. High-bush cranberry shrubs were decorated with… Continue reading

A northern pygmy owl (the very one that flew across the road for us) pauses in a tangle of trees and branches near Juneau in October.
Grand Canyon National Park.

Alaska man searching for long-lost national park art

SPEARFISH, S.D. — He calls himself the “Ranger of the Lost Art.” Like Indiana Jones, the adventurous archaeologist who partially inspired the moniker, 69-year-old Doug… Continue reading

Grand Canyon National Park.