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Outdoors

By KEVIN GULLUFSEN
Screenshot of the sockeye cam at Steep Creek taken Thursday.

Leave it to beavers: Live cameras offer glimpse into nature

At 4:30 p.m. on a Tuesday, a beaver slept in its den on Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier, its furry face aimed at an infrared camera streaming on Youtube. Seven users tuned into the cam to watch the peaceful rodent recoup on its straw bed.

by KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Photos: Glacier Bay glories

The Johns Hopkins Glacier in Glacier Bay calves on July 11.

Dirt Girl: Garden check-in continued

A few weeks back I helped out with the Master Gardener tour. In between visitors, I had the chance to ask Sandy Williams a few questions.
CORINNE CONLON

Discovering the hidden universe at bug camp

"Look, it's a crab spider eating a moth!" says Declan Griswold, an 8-year-old who points to a rose bush.
NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: Recent finds along the trail

A stroll across Bridget Cove tide flats in early July brought us to a stand of eelgrass. To our surprise, the eelgrass was dotted with many thousands of fish eggs.
MARY F. WILLSON

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Articles from the Outdoors section archive

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Alaskans Afield offers shotgun, waterfowl hunting classes

Alaskans Afield offers shotgun, waterfowl hunting classes The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is offering two Alaskans Afield classes this August ­- one focusing on shotguns and the other on ...

Learn to fly fish, hunt for upland birds

Learn to fly fish, hunt for upland birds The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is offering several summer workshops through Beyond BOW (Becoming an Outdoors-Woman.) The first is advanced fly ...

Friday, July 22, 2016

Wild Shots

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Discovering the hidden universe at bug camp

"Look, it's a crab spider eating a moth!" says Declan Griswold, an 8-year-old who points to a rose bush.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: Recent finds along the trail

A stroll across Bridget Cove tide flats in early July brought us to a stand of eelgrass. To our surprise, the eelgrass was dotted with many thousands of fish eggs.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Dirt Girl: Garden check-in continued

A few weeks back I helped out with the Master Gardener tour. In between visitors, I had the chance to ask Sandy Williams a few questions.
By CORINNE CONLON

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Leave it to beavers: Live cameras offer glimpse into nature

At 4:30 p.m. on a Tuesday, a beaver slept in its den on Steep Creek near the Mendenhall Glacier, its furry face aimed at an infrared camera streaming on Youtube. Seven users tuned into the cam to ...
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The miracle of water

THE MIRACLE OF WATER Water is everything. Without it, we don't survive.
By JEFF LUND

Friday, July 15, 2016

Biomass-fueled greenhouse handbook in works for Alaska schools

The U.S. Forest Service has funded a contract issued by Southeast Conference through its partner, the Alaska Energy Authority, to the Cold Climate Housing Research Center to develop a handbook for ...

ADF&G opens fishing and hunting workshops

Five fishing and hunting workshops put on by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are now open for registration. Two of the workshops, Step Into Shotgun and Waterfowl Hunting, are part of the ...
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Congress OKs bill labeling GMOs

WASHINGTON - Consumers wanting to know if their foods contain genetically modified ingredients will be able to find out for the first time.
By MARY CLARE JALONICK

Trail Mix Inc. expands statewide with Forest Service agreement

In a unique agreement, a local volunteer organization formally partnered with the U.S. Forest Service to help maintain cabins and trails in Alaska's two national forests.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Off the Trails: Looking at intertidal algae

The tide was moderately low, a minus 3.9 or so, and four of us had the privilege of tagging along with a genial visiting algologist (technically a phycologist) on a stroll through the intertidal zone.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Surveys off Alaska lead to new types of soft-bodied fish

ANCHORAGE - Federal biologist Jay Orr never knows what's going to come up in nets lowered to the ocean floor off Alaska's remote Aleutian Islands, which separate the Bering Sea from the rest of ...
By Dan Joling

A ghost town on the Tanana River

COS JACKET - On a canoe trip down the lower Tanana River, we've scrambled up a sandy bank to explore a place that is less populated now than it was a century ago. No one, in fact, lives at Cos ...
By NED ROZELL

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How to gill a girl: Salmon fishing in Hydaburg

HOW TO GILL A GIRL: SALMON FISHING IN HYDABURG Like a salmon, I grew up running wild. As a toddler, I chased my brother through the trees behind our childhood home.
By BETHANY GOODRICH

August king opener likely in Southeast

AUGUST KING OPENER LIKELY IN SOUTHEAST SALMON TAKES CENTER STAGE EACH SUMMER BUT MANY OTHER FISHERIES ALSO ARE IN FULL SWING FROM KETCHIKAN TO KOTZEBUE.
By LAINE WELCH

Friday, July 8, 2016

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Be bear aware: Outdoor survival tips for living in Bear Country

ANCHORAGE - A basic rule on what to do when encountering a bear in the wilderness is so common, it's long been a mantra: "If it's brown, you lie down. If it's black, you fight back." But there's a ...
By RACHEL D'ORO

Alaska Science Forum: Sheefish a shiny surprise on interior river

ZITZIANA RIVER - Fishing at the spot where this long, squiggly stream mixes with a floury channel of the Tanana River, Alison Beamer feels a thump. Line squeals from her spinning reel as a ...
By NED ROZELL

Kenai late run king management opens conservatively

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will restrict sport and commercial fishing on the Kenai River to begin July based on total late run of king salmon forecast to be 30,000 fish.
By DJ SUMMERS

Off the Trails: Some June sightings

The Sheep Creek trail in spring and early summer is almost always good for hearing bird songs, but this day was hot (in Juneau, that means over 70 degrees) and we were there late in the morning, ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Gathering Alaska: Eat your weeds

I remember hearing someone from the community garden comment on how you could make a good pesto out of chickweed a few years back, but I dismissed it.
By CORINNE CONLON

Friday, July 1, 2016

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Off the Beaten Path: A day in Admiralty Island's Swan Cove

On a particularly rainy day on Admiralty Island, my older brother Luke and I watched three land otters loping across Swan Cove's expansive tidal flat.
By BJORN DIHLE

Alaska Science Forum: Moose not easy to see on big Alaska river

On a day like this 121 years ago, a hungry U.S. Army explorer passed here at the mouth of Fish Creek, where clear water collides with the cloudy Tanana. Henry Allen did not stop to fish.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: Visiting Laughton Glacier

Just before the summer solstice, I went with some friends to this little glacier north and east of Skagway. The ferry ride up Lynn Canal was delightful, as was the White Pass and Yukon Railroad ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

Dirt Girl: Garden check-in

All the work in spring begins to emerge around this time. Some of it offers nice surprises with displays of abundance while others provide only disappointment.
By CORINNE CONLON

Every fourth grade kid in a park

The Tongass National Forest is handing out free Every Kid in a Park passes, but one has to be in fourth grade to get one.

Acting superintendent named at Katmai National Park

Karen Bradford, a 25-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been selected as the acting superintendent of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Bradford has served in the Southeast, ...

DIPAC area closed to king salmon fishing

Starting today, sport fishing for king salmon and snagging will be prohibited within a 200-yard radius of the Wayside Park Fishing Dock (Channel Wayside fishing dock). King salmon may not be ...

Forest Service seeks help to preserve historic ranger boat

The Forest Service is seeking to find an alternative use of the historic M/V Chugach, the last wooden ranger boat in the fleet operating in Southeast Alaska.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Free cake at Skagway park's 40th birthday

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park will host a celebration of the 40th birthday of the park on June 30. All events are free and open to the public.
By Capital City Weekly

Behnken named interim halibut commissioner

Linda Behnken is replacing International Pacific Halibut Commission interim commissioner Jeff Kauffman as commissioner in the Alaska resident seat.
By Capital City Weekly

Friday, June 24, 2016

Controlling elodea with data

Although the invasive water-weed elodea was officially eradicated from the Kenai Peninsula this summer, the statewide threat remains.
By BEN BOETTGER

Alaska Science Forum: Summer solstice doesn't mean maximum warmth

A person might think that since we get our maximum sunlight on the summer solstice (on or about June 21), we should also get our peak warmth then.
By NED ROZELL

Spruce aphid: Small bugs, big problem

A larger-than-normal seasonal presence has hampered some Juneau inhabitants this Spring and Summer, impeding members of our locally-rooted population.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Off the Trails: June tide-pooling and a bear story

A minus 4 1/2-foot tide drew us out to check the intertidal zone. As we strolled across a wide sandy stretch at the water's edge, we were startled to see a frond of rockweed steadily disappearing ...
By MARY F. WILLSON

Time for another Quest on the Yukon

WHITEHORSE - The race roster is set for the 18th annual Yukon River Quest, which will begin on Wednesday, June 29, in Whitehorse. This year's field will feature a record 94 teams with 236 paddlers ...

Monday, June 20, 2016

Report: Temper expectations for sockeye price hike

The message on prices for Alaska's sockeye fishermen from Juneau economics firm McDowell Group this season is good, but not great.
By DJ SUMMERS

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Tongass National Forest moves to electronic mailing lists

KETCHIKAN - The Ranger Districts for the Tongass National Forest are switching their mailing list from snail mail to email. 

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Off the Beaten Path: Starvation dreams

Once, while camped in a valley in the Central Brooks Range, I dreamt I heard an old woman crying outside my tent. When I woke I couldn't resist peering outside, but saw nothing besides snowy ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Dirt Girl: Decked out in green

Last year I switched growing my greens from the community garden to the back deck of the boat. I had thought that having lettuce at a nearby garden would be close enough for regular harvests.
By CORINNE CONLON

Off the Trails: Environmental sex determination

In birds, mammals, some plants and many other organisms, biological gender is typically determined genetically. That is, biological sex of an individual is determined at conception.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Kerry tours Arctic Circle

NY-ALESUND, Norway - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday visited Norway's extreme north, viewing areas where climate change has melted ice and opened new sea lanes.
By MATTHEW LEE

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Bears bother lonely science instruments

Interior Alaska is a hungry place — lots of boreal forest and swampy wetlands with big, flat rivers winding through. Wildlife sightings, especially of big mammals, are rare.
By NED ROZELL

Friday, June 10, 2016

Trail rehabilitation needs volunteers

Trout Unlimited and the US Forest Service have teamed up for another habitat rehabilitation project and need volunteers at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the Tolch Rock trailhead.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Salmon project connects Alaskans

Salmon unite and divide Alaskans across the state. Gear type, purpose and region all come into play in a divisive debate over salmon allocation.
By ELIZABETH EARL

Off the Trails: Meanderings

Late May and early June found us wandering in several very fine places. Most of the time the weather was also fine! On the trail to Granite Basin I heard eight kinds of songbirds in full voice.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Russian River, Kenai River rainbow fishing to open

Fishermen on the central Kenai Peninsula will be able to head to the Kenai and Russian rivers for some fishing starting Saturday. Sockeye fishing on the Russian River will open Saturday at 12:01 a.m.
By ELIZABETH EARL

Foam on the water a sign of life and death

While sitting in the front of a canoe on a twisty Alaska creek, my daughter asked to steer closer to the riverbank. She wanted to grab some suds. There, caught in the elbows of fallen trees, were ...
By NED ROZELL

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Help plan Glacier Bay's future

The National Park Service invites the public to plan for the future of the "Frontcountry areas" of Glacier Bay National Park.
By Capital City Weekly

Foraging for beach asparagus

From Noma, a restaurant rated best in the world, to Juneau’s The Rookery Cafe, chefs are using traditional foraged foods to create a menu that is not only seasonal, but a connection to place. The ...
By CORINNE CONLON

Fish Factor: Boats use fish from tail to head

BOATS USE FISH FROM TAIL TO HEAD Alaskan fishermen have raised the bar for big fishing boats with the F/V Northern Leader of Kodiak, and Discovery Canada producers of the popular "Mighty Ships" ...
By LAINE WELCH

Friday, June 3, 2016

Twenty-nine pounder takes derby crown

When David Turner Jr. caught his 29.25 pound king salmon on Monday, he didn't expect it to be worth $12,000. "That's the biggest king salmon I have ever caught so it was pretty sweet.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Dirt Girl: Tending your garden

With the intense, endless rain that we had, I didn't complete planting until just a few weeks ago. Even then it felt like a marathon of pain. Gardening in the spring can sometimes feel that way.
By CORINNE CONLON

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