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Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Zoie Branch, left, and Anna Haggerty take water sample while attending the weeklong Discovery Southeast camp at Crystal Lake on Wednesday. Pete Strow, environmental coordinator for the Kensington Gold Mine, helped the students learn about water quality.

What's out there for the kids?

An in-the-works Discovery Southeast survey of organized outdoor recreational activities for Juneau youth shows gaps, especially for kids above elementary school age.

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Off the Beaten Path: Alaska blueberry tales

The other day I made an expedition into the Alaskan wilds in search of the wily and sometimes dangerous blueberry. I rounded up Fenrir, an eight-week-old female golden retriever my girlfriend MC and I'd recently taken home.
BJORN DIHLE

Alaska Science Forum: Red-backed voles climb into science literature

A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska: the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps with peanut butter rolled in oats and placed them in spruce...
NED ROZELL

What's in Bloom: Gardeners!

This year, the plants have thrived at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum due in great measure to the efforts of our seasonal gardeners. Carrie Goodbrake and Chelsie Harris brought a sense of purpose to the job that one rarely finds.
MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Fishy fins of many uses

When we think of a "typical" fish, most of us would envision something like a salmon or a pike.
Mary Willson

Canyon City Trail changes open for public comment

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a proposed three-fourths of a mile trail that expands on the existing trail in Canyon City at mile 8 on the Chilkoot Trail, west of the Taiya River.

Deer hunting season opens Saturday, Aug. 1

The general season Sitka black-tailed deer hunt for bucks only will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 for a portion of Game Management Unit 1 - Unit 1C to be exact, which encompasses Douglas, Lincoln, Shelter and Sullivan islands.

Portions of Unit 4 closed to mountain goat harvest

The Sitka District Ranger, under authority delegated by the Federal Subsistence Board, is taking action to close Blue Lake, Medvejie Lake and the southern half of the Katlian River watersheds to the harvest of mountain goats, according...

New boat guidelines near glacial fjords

NOAA Fisheries has published updated guidelines for marine vessels entering tidewater glacier areas. Studies found the previous guidelines disturbed harbor seals, which use the areas as nurseries for their pups.

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.

Articles from the Outdoors section archive

Tuesday, Aug 4, 2015

Toxic algae blooming in warm water from California to Alaska

SEATTLE - A vast bloom of toxic algae off the West Coast is denser, more widespread and deeper than scientists feared even weeks ago, according to surveyors aboard a National Oceanic and ...
By PHUONG LE

Friday, July 31, 2015

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.

Off the Beaten Path: Alaska blueberry tales

The other day I made an expedition into the Alaskan wilds in search of the wily and sometimes dangerous blueberry. I rounded up Fenrir, an eight-week-old female golden retriever my girlfriend MC ...
By BJORN DIHLE

What's out there for the kids?

An in-the-works Discovery Southeast survey of organized outdoor recreational activities for Juneau youth shows gaps, especially for kids above elementary school age.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Alaska Science Forum: Red-backed voles climb into science literature

A few years ago, Link Olson wanted students in his mammalogy class to see one of the neatest little creatures in Alaska: the northern flying squirrel. He baited a few live traps with peanut butter ...
By NED ROZELL

What's in Bloom: Gardeners!

This year, the plants have thrived at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum due in great measure to the efforts of our seasonal gardeners. Carrie Goodbrake and Chelsie Harris brought a sense of purpose to ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Fishy fins of many uses

When we think of a "typical" fish, most of us would envision something like a salmon or a pike.
By Mary Willson

Canyon City Trail changes open for public comment

The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking public comment on a proposed three-fourths of a mile trail that expands on the existing trail in Canyon City at mile 8 on the Chilkoot Trail, west of the ...

Deer hunting season opens Saturday, Aug. 1

The general season Sitka black-tailed deer hunt for bucks only will begin Saturday, Aug. 1 for a portion of Game Management Unit 1 - Unit 1C to be exact, which encompasses Douglas, Lincoln, ...

New boat guidelines near glacial fjords

NOAA Fisheries has published updated guidelines for marine vessels entering tidewater glacier areas. Studies found the previous guidelines disturbed harbor seals, which use the areas as nurseries ...

Friday, July 24, 2015

Groups ask for government action on POW wolves

Six environmental groups on Thursday asked the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, the Federal Subsistence Board and the U.S. Forest Service to take certain actions to prevent further reduction of ...

4-H to host weekly Adventure Club

4-H activity coordinators Kanaan Bausler and Amie Spieth will be leading the first weekly Adventure Club outing from noon to 4 p.m. this Sunday, July 26.

NOAA to host Ted Stevens Day open house

In recognition of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens' contributions to Alaska's fisheries, and to celebrate Ted Stevens Day, National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Fisheries will host an open house ...

Sport fish report: Freshwater angling poised to heat up

KING SALMON Hatchery king salmon fishing within the Juneau Terminal Harvest Area continues to be good, particularly in Fritz Cove and inner Auke Bay.

BC to Skeena watershed mine: Improve design

The British Columbian Ministries of Environment and of Energy and Mines have for the second time ordered a proposed open pit copper and gold mine in the Skeena River watershed to come up with a ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

What's in Bloom: 'The Rocket'

Ligularia stenocephala, "The Rocket" is a wonderful summer-blooming perennial that seems to have been designed exclusively for Juneau's cool, wet climate.
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Grunt sculpins

I recently took a visitor to see the aquaria on display at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration lab on Lena Point.
By Mary Willson

Boats, seals, and the water (not) between

Over the last 30 years, cruise ship traffic in glacial fjords has increased ten-fold.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Alaska Science Forum: Alaska's wildfires and the changing boreal forest

In late July, more than 300 wildfires are burning in Alaska. With burned acreage totals one month ahead of the historic 2004 fire season, summer 2015 is again the year of the wildfire. Many ...
By NED ROZELL

Dirt Girl: Sandy's tomatoes

Sometimes you meet people and you immediately like them. Ever since they first came into the Master Gardener class, I have loved Sandy and Susanne Williams. Maybe it was the way Sandy told us ...
By CORINNE CONLON

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.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Kachemak Bay tour: Science, sights

HOMER - All we needed were red knit caps. On a recent weekday tour of Kachemak Bay, I felt like one of the crew of Jacques Cousteau's famous ocean exploring boat, the Calypso. OK, at 28-feet long, ...
By MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Friday, July 17, 2015

Local Audubon group hosting nature walk atop Mount Roberts

The public is invited to join members of the Juneau Audubon Society for a tram ride and hike up into the alpine on Mount Roberts on Saturday, July 18. Linda Nicklin will lead this weekend's Nature ...

Situk River closed to king salmon fishing

Beginning July 11, sport fishing for king salmon in the Situk River, in Yakutat, is closed according to a release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Tree swallow volunteers wanted

The Juneau Audubon Society needs volunteers to check tree swallow nest boxes, according to a post on their website. Two of the boxes have swallows currently visiting them, and the society expects ...

ADFG announces increased Situk sockeye limit

The bag and possession limit for sockeye salmon in the Situk River, in Yakutat, was increased to six per day, 12 in possession on July 15 in a news release by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Alaska Science Forum: Ancient pike found in Interior lake mud

While slicing a cylinder of mud he pulled from an Interior Alaska lake, Matthew Wooller ran into a snag. The wire he was using to cut the mud stopped when it hit something solid. He grabbed a ...
By NED ROZELL

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.

What's in Bloom: Hosta

One of the most popular perennials in the garden, Hosta fills a wide range of niches in garden beds with its diversity of form. "Sum and Substance" is the king of the cultivars readily available ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Sojourn in Sitka

In late June, I went to Sitka with some friends in time to catch the final performance of the Sitka Music Festival.
By Mary Willson

Friday, July 10, 2015

On the Trails: Solstice at Cowee Meadows

Around the time of the summer solstice, I spent a couple of nights in the Cowee Meadow cabin, along with some friends and my visiting niece. We like the flower show in the meadows.
By Mary Willson

Citizen scientists put Southeast's bats on the map - literally

As a citizen scientist volunteer, Lynne Stevens loves watching bats emerge from their roosts at night - but her first experience with the animals didn't end well. "When I was in high school, a ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

What's in Bloom: Bighead knapweed

Bighead Knapweed, Centaurea macrocephala, is one of the most asked-about plants at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum when it's in bloom. It usually blooms in late July/early August, but this year it is ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

Dirt Girl: Don't be a slug

Over the holiday weekend, the weather outside has been perfect for us humans, but not so much for slugs. There's certainly nothing wrong with giving snails without shells a difficult time.
By CORINNE CONLON

Off the Beaten Path: Mysteries of Yakobi Island, part III

This spring I wrote a two-part series on the mysteries of Yakobi Island. The pieces centered around the first contact between Alaska Natives and Russians in what was likely the lost Tlingit ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Lena Beach, West Glacier improvements moving forward

The public comment is in, and the Forest Service is moving forward with planned improvements to Lena Beach Recreation Area and the West Glacier Spur Road Enhancement project.

DSE: Donate outdoor clothes for kids

The right clothes can make kids much more comfortable in the outdoors, and with the aim of making that happen, Discovery Southeast is collecting used fleece, raingear and other outdoor items for ...

Sport fish report: Halibut hit or miss, trout fishing should heat up soon

KING SALMON Hatchery king salmon fishing in the Juneau THA continues to be productive. The three release sites (Auke Creek, Fish Creek and Macaulay Hatchery) all have good concentrations of fish.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Study: American, European bumblebees feeling climate sting

NEW YORK - Climate change is shrinking the geographic range of many bumblebee species in North America and Europe, putting them in danger of future extinction, scientists say.
By MALCOLM RITTER

Bristol Bay sockeye harvest not meeting projections

ANCHORAGE - Experts say this year's Bristol Bay sockeye harvest will be less than half the record-breaking boom recorded last year. Commercial harvest forecasts had put the catch this year at 37.6 ...

Friday, July 3, 2015

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 ...

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.

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 ...

State will discontinue filling grayling in Alaska lakes

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

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.

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.

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 ...
By Mary Willson

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 ...
By 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.
By MERRILL JENSEN

Sunday, June 28, 2015

NOAA receives $25 million in funding

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced more than $25 million in recommended funding for 88 projects under the 2014-2015 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

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.

What's in Bloom: Rogersia

Rodgersia spp. are big, bold perennials that impart a tropical feel in the garden without enduring the associated heat. These dramatic plants are members of the Saxifrage family and all hail from ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

Sport fish report: Kings headed back to Fish Creek, not in the pond yet

King salmon fishing this past week within the terminal harvest area has continued to be good, especially in the Fritz Cove, inner Auke Bay and False Outer Point areas.

Annual Wrangell Bearfest runs July 22-26

WRANGELL - The annual Wrangell Bearfest is July 22 to 26. The festival is a celebration of bears of Alaska and features an annual scientific symposium, family events, photography and music ...

Sitka Farmers Markets kick off July 4

SITKA - In a celebration of independence from store-bought and factory-processed food, the Sitka Local Foods Network is inviting the public to enjoy this year's eighth annual Sitka Farmers Market.

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