Last year, Gov. Bill Walker proclaimed April “Bear Awareness Month.” At the time I thought, “Great start, but what about Alaska’s other indigenous animals? Where’s their awareness campaign? At the very least, let’s designate a ‘Ptarmigan Empowerment Week’ or something.”
How refreshing to learn, then, that the state recently honored another local wildlife icon by passing House Bill 128, thereby establishing Aug. 10 of each year as Alaska Wild Salmon Day.
Yes! Congratulations, Alaska wild salmon—you’ve come a long way, baby.