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Bjorn Dihle | For the Juneau Empire
Dennis Hall breaks trail on the upper section of the Hubbard Glacier.

Off the Beaten Path: In the shadow of Vitus Bering, part I

Editor's note: This is the first of a two-part installment on Vitus Bering's last voyage and the author's ski traverse from Kluane Lake to Yakutat. Next week's Off the Beaten Path will conclude the narrative.


Becoming outdoorsy

It's your chance to learn to tie flies, pack rafts, and generally get comfortable with all things outdoors.

On the Trails: As winter falls away, bears, hooters, mountain goats appear again

The days grow longer and we all start wishing that spring would be here NOW! Indeed, spring is slowly, slowly springing. Perhaps it got a bit confused by the lack of a real winter? Or perhaps we are just a tad over-eager.
Mary Willson

Exploring the realities of the 'butterfly effect' in Alaska

You might have heard the saying that a flutter of a butterfly's wings can change the course of the future.

What's in Bloom: Ruby giant

One early spring riser is the Ruby Giant, crocus tommasinianus, which often sends its blossoms up through the snow and is commonly referred to as snow crocus.

Little oil, no impact: Officials say Auke Bay unfazed by Feb. 22 spill

At this point it looks like there are no lasting negative effects in Auke Bay from the Feb. 22 Statter Harbor oil spill, say National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admistration and Coast Guard officials.

On the Fly: Be prepared to rip some lips this spring

Generally speaking, the pursuit of anadromous fish on a fly during the winter months is wet (subsurface) fly fishing. In Alaska, however, our winter months and angling strum to a different tune.

Learn how to black bear hunt

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will soon begin its spring and summer Alaskans Afield classes, meant to familiarize Alaskans with anything from surviving in the wilderness to harvesting a deer.

Lecture: Why are chinook declining?

The Territorial Sportsmen on April 2 will host a free informational event on the decline and management of chinook salmon. The evening will be focused on increasing public awareness about the status and management of Southeast Alaska king...

Alaska Science Forum: Catching a lake as it became land

If a lake drains on top of the world, will anyone hear it? Ben Jones and Chris Arp did. The Anchorage- and Fairbanks-based scientists placed sensors in a bathtub-shaped lake on Alaska's northern coast a few years ago.

Final Fireside chat shows Juneau in a new way

Discovery Southeast naturalist Richard Carstensen this evening, Friday, March 27 will show audiences at this season's final Fireside Lecture a new way to see Juneau.

GCI, Eaglecrest to host 'Day on the Mountain' Saturday

The public is invited to a day on Juneau's local ski hill, complete with entertainment, activities and door prizes, sponsored by GCI. Though the lifts will be closed, the free event will run from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28.

Wildlife Wednesday: Small mammals

The Southeast Chapter of Alaska Wildlife Alliance on April 1 will offer the last talk in its winter series. Riley Woodford of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will speak about small mammals in Southeast Alaska, from bats to black...

Registration now open for youth outdoor camp

Registration is now available for the AK Experience: Alaska Skills and Adventure Camp. Youth ages 11-18 from all of Southeast Alaska are invited to attend the five-day outdoor residential camp June 8-12 at Eagle River Scout Camp in Juneau.

XBoundary film presents views from both sides of the border

An upcoming event will allow attendees to hear from a person who is intimately acquainted with a British Columbia transboundary mine disaster, from someone who traveled a transboundary river from one side of the border to the other, and...

Wild Shots

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