Alaska Outdoors

Winds kicked up waves at Eagle Beach on Sunday, Nov. 1.

Wild Shots

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

Winds kicked up waves at Eagle Beach on Sunday, Nov. 1.

On the Trails: Finding noise in the ‘Quiet’

If we venture off into the forest, away from town and roads (and aircraft, if possible), we often comment on the Quiet. But Quiet in… Continue reading

Users looking to reserve West Turner Lake cabin may be paying higher prices if a price-hike is implemented by the U.S. Forest Service. Prices for cabins on the Tongass National Forest could rise from $35 per night, to between $45 and $75 depending on usage. West Turner Lake cabin nightly use could rise to $45.

Forest Service proposes raised cabin fees

Under new proposed rental fees, the cost of a night’s stay at some popular U.S. Forest Service cabins in Juneau will more than double, from… Continue reading

Users looking to reserve West Turner Lake cabin may be paying higher prices if a price-hike is implemented by the U.S. Forest Service. Prices for cabins on the Tongass National Forest could rise from $35 per night, to between $45 and $75 depending on usage. West Turner Lake cabin nightly use could rise to $45.

NPS, state divided on sport hunting rules

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game and a state commission tasked with keeping an eye on federal land regulations are both displeased with the… Continue reading

Entries wanted for ASMI’s annual Fishing Families Photo Contest

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is again inviting photographers from Alaska and beyond to enter their photographs in the Alaska Fishing Families Photo Contest, according… Continue reading

School garden grant applications now being accepted

Annie’s grants for gardens is accepting applications through Dec. 4, 2015. This opportunity will award 30 schools $2,500 and three schools $5,000 to be used… Continue reading

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