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Mary Catharine Martin | Juneau Empire
Juneau Icefield Research Program students get comfortable on cross country skis. The first students arrived at JIRP Camp 17 - the closest camp to Juneau, near Cairn Peak on Blackerby Ridge - late Monday.

JIRPers start 68th summer on the Juneau Icefield

JUNEAU ICEFIELD, CAMP 17 — At the Juneau Icefield Research Program’s Camp 17 this week, 32 students — and more faculty — got comfortable on skis, started ecological...
by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Alaska Science Forum: Water fountains on the tundra

While tightroping on tussock heads in a bog off the Chandalar River, two companions and I heard a waterfall. Strange. Looking through binoculars, we saw a knee-high fountain of clear water in the tundra. The flow was as thick as your leg.
NED ROZELL

What's in Bloom: Primula florindae

The one plant that says summer like no other is Primula florindae, the giant or Tibetan cowslip.
MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Out and about in mid-June

A friend and I went into Sheep Creek Valley one morning, to listen to bird songs. I especially wanted to hear Swainson's thrush, whose vigorous, upward-spiraling song is beautiful, and Sheep Creek Valley is usually a good place to do that.
Mary Willson

Wild Shots

The Empire Outdoors page is looking for superb images of Alaska's wildlife, scenery or plant life. Send your photos to outdoors@juneauempire.com.

July 4 Park and Rec hike headed to Ben Stewart

The Juneau Department of Parks and Recreation's July 4 hike will begin at Eaglecrest's parking lot at 9:30 a.m. If the weather is sunny, participants will climb Mount Ben Stewart. The length of the hike will depend on the trail's condition.

Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board recruiting for board position

The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is seeking candidates to fill one open board position on the Outdoor Recreational Trails Advisory Board representing people experiencing disabilities.

Change in effect for king salmon regs

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is revising king salmon sport fishing regulations in Southeast Alaska and Yakutat. The changes came into effect July 1 and will be effective through May 2, 2016.

State will discontinue filling grayling in Alaska lakes

FAIRBANKS - Funding cuts have forced Alaska hatcheries to stop raising Arctic grayling.

North Pole man sickened by 'rabbit fever'

FAIRBANKS - Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials suspect that a man who became sick after skinning a hare has been infected with tularemia, a bacterial infection known as rabbit fever. Tulameria is spread by ticks that primarily...

Hydaburg resident, tribal leader wins environmental award

The Alaska chapter of The Nature Conservancy has awarded Hydaburg resident Anthony Christianson the 2015 Susan Ruddy Community-Based Conservation Award for his efforts “to promote conservation in Alaska through forging successful...

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