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Courtesy of Bob Armstrong
Pacific herring spawned in Auke Bay at the end of June in significant numbers for the first time in almost two decades. This picture was taken June 22 in Auke Bay. It remains to be seen if the eggs have been fertilized.

Herring return to Auke Bay

At the end of June, herring returned to Auke Bay to spawn in significant numbers for the first time in more than 20 years — and though the ultimate success of the eggs remains to be seen...
by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Bird Bits: Tidbits about the great blue heron

Come spring, being a great blue heron parent means that both the male and female are into child rearing for the long haul. The male builds or refurbishes an existing flat nest of sticks.
PATRICIA WHERRY

Live cam shows Arctic snowy owl, chicks

ANCHORAGE - A high-definition camera trained on a burrow near the nation's northernmost city is allowing researchers and any bird viewer with an Internet connection an unfettered view into the nesting den of an Arctic snowy owl.
MARK THIESSEN

What's in Bloom: Primula vialii

One of our summer blooming primroses, Primula vialii, is also one of the most captivating ones grown at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum in the national Primula collection, recognized by the North American Plant Collections Consortium.
MERRILL JENSEN

Sport fish report for the week of June 30

King salmon Hatchery king salmon fishing continued to be good for both marine boat anglers and shore based anglers in the immediate Juneau area, and strong numbers of king salmon supported high catch rates on the outer coast this past week.

Mendenhall Lake campers warned to properly secure food from foraging bears

JUNEAU - Several campers at the Mendenhall Lake Campground have recently learned that illegally storing food in their tents is an irresistible attraction for bears - and have the shredded tents to prove it.

State reminds residents of Fourth of July Fire prevention

Recreational activities during the Fourth of July weekend frequently ignite wildfires, according to a release from the State of Alaska this week.

NPS announced temporary closure due to nesting birds

The superintendent of Glacier Bay, Philip Hooge, announced the closure of a small island south of Leland Island to protect a high concentration of nesting seabirds. The closure is in effect from June 28 to 5 a.m. July 28.

Coast Guard encourages safety for Alaska boaters during Independence Day celebration

As Independence Day weekend begins, the Coast Guard 17th District urges Alaskan boaters to keep safe.

Native Plant Conservation MOU Renewed in Coordination with Western Governors' Association

The Bureau of Land Management hosted the 2014 Seed Conference this week, to celebrate 20 years of public-private partnerships for native plant conservation.

Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board recruiting for board opening

ANCHORAGE - The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is seeking candidates to fill an open board position representing northwestern Alaska on the Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board.

Alaska Geospatial Council to begin coordinating state geospatial efforts

ANCHORAGE - Governor Sean Parnell has signed a Memorandum of Agreement establishing the Alaska Geospatial Council (AGC) and charging it with coordinating efforts involving geospatial data collection and mapping by government agencies.

Sitka and Angoon Shoreline II public meetings

SITKA - Officials with the Tongass National Forest are inviting the public to attend meetings and submit comments on managing outfitters and guides on the Admiralty National Monument, Hoonah, Juneau and Sitka ranger districts.

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