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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
A Pacific harbor seal looks back at observers during its release at the Auke Recreation Beach on Wednesday. The abandoned eight-day-old pup was found on May 23 and was taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward for rehabilitation.

Harbor seal pup returns to wild

The male Pacific harbor seal pup found just eight days old beneath a boat in Auke Bay swam off into the waters of Auke Recreation Area yesterday, cheered by around 75 well-wishers from Juneau and beyond - some of whom were there at the beginning.


Column: Blob-squatch reign of terror

Hark, dear reader, and listen well. 'Tis a tale of a blob-shaped blob, a sunlit rock. 'Tis a tale of the shadow that was … or wasn't.

What to do if you find a stranded, baby animal

NOAA Fisheries and the Alaska SeaLife Center first recommend leaving an animal - even a small, helpless one - alone if you happen to find it without a mother. Some mothers swim far away to gather food, leaving their young for hours at a...

On the Trails: Marmots, gentians

As I slowly meandered up the Gold Ridge trail above the tram, a grouse stepped out of the brush and strode calmly up the trail ahead of me. We walked together but apart for many yards.
Mary Willson

Predicting seal behavior

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game knows environmental factors like tide, temperature, and boat activity affect harbor seals, says Gail Blundell, ADF&G's principle investigator for the statewide research program on harbor seals.

What's in Bloom: Mystic Wonder

Surprisingly, the most photographed plant at the Arboretum this year has been Dahlia "Mystic Wonder." Since we planted them in mid-spring, visitors have been drawn to the almost black foliage and showy, dark red flowers.

Bird Bits: The larger, local cousin: Northern goshawk

The Sharp-shinned Hawk I described in the Aug. 15 edition of the Juneau Empire is a jay-sized accipiter (a genus that describes some birds of prey.) It has a larger, local cousin, the Northern Goshawk.

Juneau Gun Club to host Waterfowl hunters league

For the next three Sundays, the Juneau Gun Club will be hosting a Waterfowl hunters and Trap shooters shot gunner league. The league event is one round (25 shots each) of handicap and wobbles trap shooting as a pre-waterfowl hand-eye-...

Initial Over-the-Counter state land sale now open

The State of Alaska is offering 171 parcels covering over 1,700 acres statewide for sale to the public in the Initial Over-the-Counter (IOTC) land sale.

Rotary Bulbs are now on sale

Beautiful flowering bulbs are now available for purchase from Juneau-Gastineau Rotarians.

Tongass Advisory Committee second meeting scheduled

The second meeting of the Tongass Advisory Committee will be held Sept. 10 through Sept. 12 at the Travelodge Hotel Conference Room, 9200 Glacier Highway, Juneau, Alaska.

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.


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