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Courtesy of Dick and Candy Behrends
Dick and Candy Behrends built this cabin at the Boy Scout camp at Eagle Beach in honor of their son, McKinnon Behrends, who died in 2008 at the age of 22. The Behrends have been very involved with the boy scouts over the years, and "Mac," as he was known, volunteered for two years at the snack shack, which became known as the Mac Shack. This cabin will serve as the snack shack/trading post, first aid station, and front porch hang out.

Building a legacy of remembrance

If Dick and Candy Behrends could choose their legacy, they'd want it to be that the world remember their son, McKinnon Behrends.
They've established multiple scholarships in his name.


On the Trails: Owl encounters

Owls are fascinating creatures and I've long found them a special sort of bird. But not being a nocturnal animal myself (dare I say not a "night owl"?), I've never been involved in research on owls.
Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: To extinction and back, the shaggy saga of the muskox

I saw my first muskox at the University of Fairbanks farm a decade ago. A few descendants of Greenland animals, transplanted to Alaska 75 years ago, browsed grass on the other side of a fence.

Alaska Science Forum: Life on ice at the top of the world

On a February day long ago, a family living in a sod hut near the Arctic Ocean saw blocks of sea ice bulldozing their way onto shore. Winds shoved more ice until the mass towered above them and started dripping water through a ventilation...

Wild Shots

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Feds spot third baby orca born recently to imperiled pods

SEATTLE - U.S. scientists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel have spotted a newborn orca off the coast of Washington state.

JMR member receives award

Pat Dryer, a member of Juneau Mountain Rescue, has been presented with the inaugural Mel Nading Award for exemplary search and rescue practice.

Presentation to highlight bear, human experience at the glacier

The public is invited to attend a free lecture by John Neary, Director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, on "Providing a better experience for bears and people at the Mendenhall." The lecture will happen from 7-8 p.m.

Deadline approaches for National Youth Science Camp

Two Alaska high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to the National Youth Science Camp this summer to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals.

'Water Is Life' Film Fest kicks off March 4

The Inside Passage Waterkeeper will host a Water is Life film festival on Wednesday, March 4 to celebrate Southeast Alaska's clean water, fish, and fishing communities.


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