Alaska Outdoors

Golden hour on Auke Lake. 30 Seconds from the road. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)

Photos: Resting in Juneau

I guess it’s OK to take a break.

Golden hour on Auke Lake. 30 Seconds from the road. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)
Blue waters of the Taku Inlet. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)

Photo blog: Taku Glacier Flight

Nothing fills your lungs, your eyes and your soul like Alaska.

Blue waters of the Taku Inlet. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)
A bat hibernates in a cave. (Courtesy Photo | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Glacier sends up bat signal with weekend activities

Just in time for Halloween, the U.S. Forest Service will celebrate National Bat Week at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center this weekend. Youth-oriented activities and… Continue reading

A bat hibernates in a cave. (Courtesy Photo | U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Katie McCaffrey racing the Herbert Glacier Trail. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)

Photos: Biking and hiking Herbert Glacier

Over the weekend Katie McCaffrey and I spent almost eight hours approaching and exploring the Herbert Glacier at mile 28 on the Juneau road system.… Continue reading

Katie McCaffrey racing the Herbert Glacier Trail. (Gabe Donohoe | For the Juneau Empire)

On The Trails: Bears in autumn

What happens to bears in years when food sources are poor?

If irrational anger follows viewing an image of the lone steelhead of a trip, one needs some perspective. (Jeff Lund | For the Juneau Empire)

I Went to the Woods: A little perspective

We live at a time and in a country when we have so much free time and so much money, we can spend $700 on a fly rod and go to rivers to catch and release fish.

If irrational anger follows viewing an image of the lone steelhead of a trip, one needs some perspective. (Jeff Lund | For the Juneau Empire)
Soaking in the warmth of the sunshine at the top. (Gabe Donohoe | For Juneau Empire)
Soaking in the warmth of the sunshine at the top. (Gabe Donohoe | For Juneau Empire)
A fledgling murrelet tests its water skills before being re-released into the wild. (Courtesy Photo | Pat Bock)

Security guard helps save bird

At the end of August, a security guard helped save a bird in Salmon Creek. Jeff Williams, an office for Juneau Goldbelt Security, found a… Continue reading

A fledgling murrelet tests its water skills before being re-released into the wild. (Courtesy Photo | Pat Bock)

This October, think about blood-sucking ticks

This tick is very rare in Alaska, but that could change.

The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

USFS offers email updates on Tongass projects

People interested in keeping up-to-date project happenings on the Tongass National Forest can sign up for email lists. The U.S. Forest Service uses these lists… Continue reading

The Tongass National Forest is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Kayaking into a scientific adventure

Is this a glimpse of the “new normal” for Endicott Arm?

Camping on the dashed line of the Arctic Circle

A friend and I just camped out at the Arctic Circle, about 200 miles north of where we live in Fairbanks. A dashed line on… Continue reading

Two mountain goats browse along the hillside near Nugget Falls on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Mountain goats still recovering from harsh winters in the 2000s

Hunting on the Blackerby Ridge area closed Wednesday after one male goat was harvested. Local mountain goat populations are increasing, but still haven’t climbed back… Continue reading

Two mountain goats browse along the hillside near Nugget Falls on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Enforcement talk kicks off Wildlife Wednesdays season

The monthly speaker series Wildlife Wednesdays starts today with a discussion of the role of Alaska State Wildlife Troopers in enforcing wildlife management law. Wildlife… Continue reading

Steve Morley leads Maisy Morley down Perseverance Trail during the Perseverance Trail Run/Ben Blackgoat Memorial on Saturday, June 16, 2018. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)

Perseverance Trail closed for rock work

Perseverance Trail and part of Basin Road will be closed for excavation work starting today and lasting through Oct. 9.

Steve Morley leads Maisy Morley down Perseverance Trail during the Perseverance Trail Run/Ben Blackgoat Memorial on Saturday, June 16, 2018. (Nolin Ainsworth | Juneau Empire)
This small row boat was docked semi-permanently in beach grass.
This small row boat was docked semi-permanently in beach grass.
Two rusty blackbirds, in winter plumage, forage at the edge of Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Bob Armstrong)

Embrace September’s slowing pace

In September, the natural world slows down.

Two rusty blackbirds, in winter plumage, forage at the edge of Mendenhall Lake. (Courtesy Photo | Bob Armstrong)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Roger Castillo watches as a coho salmon he caught leaps he fishes at the Wayside Park on Channel Drive on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has increased the limit to 12 coho salmon in the designated saltwater hatchery sport harvest area due to the large number of returning hatchery coho salmon in excess of broodstock needs. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The author relaxes before packing up camp and heading home after a deer hunt. (Jeff Lund | For the Juneau Empire)

The best presents come wrapped in camo

Anyone who has run the same program for years and refuses to buy new gear should not be trusted. Anyone who does not at least… Continue reading

The author relaxes before packing up camp and heading home after a deer hunt. (Jeff Lund | For the Juneau Empire)
A doe is mirrored by her reflection as she forages in the pond. (Courtesy Photo | Pam Bergeson)

In search of cranes

Our boots rustled noisily through the tall sedges and sweetgale shrubs as we wended our way into the wetland. When we stopped to listen, we… Continue reading

A doe is mirrored by her reflection as she forages in the pond. (Courtesy Photo | Pam Bergeson)