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Courtesy of Dick and Candy Behrends
Dick and Candy Behrends built this cabin at the Boy Scout camp at Eagle Beach in honor of their son, McKinnon Behrends, who died in 2008 at the age of 22. The Behrends have been very involved with the boy scouts over the years, and "Mac," as he was known, volunteered for two years at the snack shack, which became known as the Mac Shack. This cabin will serve as the snack shack/trading post, first aid station, and front porch hang out.

Building a legacy of remembrance

If Dick and Candy Behrends could choose their legacy, they'd want it to be that the world remember their son, McKinnon Behrends.
They've established multiple scholarships in his name.

by MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

On the Trails: Owl encounters

Owls are fascinating creatures and I've long found them a special sort of bird. But not being a nocturnal animal myself (dare I say not a "night owl"?), I've never been involved in research on owls.
Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: To extinction and back, the shaggy saga of the muskox

I saw my first muskox at the University of Fairbanks farm a decade ago. A few descendants of Greenland animals, transplanted to Alaska 75 years ago, browsed grass on the other side of a fence.
BJORN DIHLE

Alaska Science Forum: Life on ice at the top of the world

On a February day long ago, a family living in a sod hut near the Arctic Ocean saw blocks of sea ice bulldozing their way onto shore. Winds shoved more ice until the mass towered above them and started dripping water through a ventilation...
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.

Feds spot third baby orca born recently to imperiled pods

SEATTLE - U.S. scientists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel have spotted a newborn orca off the coast of Washington state.

JMR member receives award

Pat Dryer, a member of Juneau Mountain Rescue, has been presented with the inaugural Mel Nading Award for exemplary search and rescue practice.

Presentation to highlight bear, human experience at the glacier

The public is invited to attend a free lecture by John Neary, Director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, on "Providing a better experience for bears and people at the Mendenhall." The lecture will happen from 7-8 p.m.

Deadline approaches for National Youth Science Camp

Two Alaska high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to the National Youth Science Camp this summer to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals.

'Water Is Life' Film Fest kicks off March 4

The Inside Passage Waterkeeper will host a Water is Life film festival on Wednesday, March 4 to celebrate Southeast Alaska's clean water, fish, and fishing communities.

Articles from the Outdoors section archive

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

On the Trails: Owl encounters

Owls are fascinating creatures and I've long found them a special sort of bird. But not being a nocturnal animal myself (dare I say not a "night owl"?), I've never been involved in research on owls.
By Mary Willson

Alaska Science Forum: Life on ice at the top of the world

On a February day long ago, a family living in a sod hut near the Arctic Ocean saw blocks of sea ice bulldozing their way onto shore. Winds shoved more ice until the mass towered above them and ...
By NED ROZELL

Building a legacy of remembrance

If Dick and Candy Behrends could choose their legacy, they'd want it to be that the world remember their son, McKinnon Behrends. They've established multiple scholarships in his name.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Off the Beaten Path: To extinction and back, the shaggy saga of the muskox

I saw my first muskox at the University of Fairbanks farm a decade ago. A few descendants of Greenland animals, transplanted to Alaska 75 years ago, browsed grass on the other side of a fence.
By BJORN DIHLE

Deadline approaches for National Youth Science Camp

Two Alaska high school seniors will receive a full scholarship to the National Youth Science Camp this summer to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals.

JMR member receives award

Pat Dryer, a member of Juneau Mountain Rescue, has been presented with the inaugural Mel Nading Award for exemplary search and rescue practice.

Presentation to highlight bear, human experience at the glacier

The public is invited to attend a free lecture by John Neary, Director of the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, on "Providing a better experience for bears and people at the Mendenhall." The ...

'Water Is Life' Film Fest kicks off March 4

The Inside Passage Waterkeeper will host a Water is Life film festival on Wednesday, March 4 to celebrate Southeast Alaska's clean water, fish, and fishing communities.

Feds spot third baby orca born recently to imperiled pods

SEATTLE - U.S. scientists following endangered killer whales from a research vessel have spotted a newborn orca off the coast of Washington state.

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.

Friday, Feb. 20, 2015

Alaska Science Forum: A yearly flood into the Gulf of Alaska

Satellite data has confirmed that the amount of freshwater released into the Gulf of Alaska from streams and rivers in Alaska and northern Canada is about 1.5 times what the Mississippi River ...
By NED ROZELL

'The Breach' to show in Juneau

"There's a deep wisdom shared by all salmon," an Irish voice tells viewers of "The Breach," a documentary that will have its Juneau premier this evening. "We know just what to do. We just need the ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

ADFG forecasts more kings on the Kenai River

If the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's preseason forecast for the early run of chinook salmon on the Kenai River proves to be accurate, it will be the second lowest run on the river in 30 years.
By RASHAH MCCHESNEY

On the Trails: Snow at last!

After a very dreary, dismal January, February produced some nice snow. Not enough, of course, and it didn't last. But for a few days, snow made the daylight hours brighter and provided splendid ...
By 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.

Fireside lecture highlights Chilkoot River brown bears

Stories and images of Haines' Chilkoot River brown bears will fill the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's movie screen on Friday, Feb.

Flora of SE Alaska class offered at UAS

A new biology class offered at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus by associate professor Kitty LaBounty will itself be a "hybrid," according to a release this week.

Eaglecrest season pass holders get discounts

According to a release this week from Eaglecrest Ski Area, season pass holders are eligible for a 50 percent discount off of published rates on designated days and times at the Treadwell Ice ...

Nordic ski trail report

Lower Loop trails at Eaglecrest are currently closed due to poor snow conditions. Mendenhall Campground is not being groomed due to low snow conditions, though it is still skiable. Montana Creek, ...

Applications for McNeil River bear viewing permits due March 1

The application deadline for lottery permits to visit Alaska's premier brown bear viewing site at McNeil River State Game Sanctuary is fast approaching, according to a release this week from the ...

Fly fishing for giants the topic of next Raincountry meeting

The public is invited to this month's meeting of the Raincountry Flyfishers at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015

Off the Beaten Path: Part 2: The Ghost of Allen Hasselborg

Editor's Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on Allen Hasselborg, and a visit to his homestead. The column begins with the author camped in Windfall Harbor on Admiralty ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Wildlife Spy: Romance in the bird world

With Valentine's Day tomorrow, it seems fitting to explore birdy romance.
By Beth Peluso

Alaska Science Forum: Overwintering in the Bering Sea

Like flecks of pepper on chowder, all of the spectacled eiders on the planet are now gathered amid sea ice and steaming open leads in the Bering Sea.
By NED ROZELL

On the Trails: Regurgitation!

As humans, we don't like to think about regurgitation because we associate it with sickness, but we, and at least some other mammals and birds, use it as a way to rid ourselves of noxious materials.
By Mary Willson

On the fly: Practicing your fly cast for a winter warm up

A properly executed fly cast is not only graceful, but it is also poetic in its motion and delivery.
By RICH CULVER

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.

Eaglecrest's Porcupine Chair to re-open

Eaglecrest Ski Area will re-open the Porcupine chairlift on Saturday, Feb. 14. The chair will operate from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Hooter, Ptarmigan, and Black Bear chairlifts will not be operating.

Astronomer Dennis Mammana returns to Juneau

The Marie Drake Planetarium is sponsoring a visit by astronomy writer, lecturer and photographer Dennis Mammana on Feb. 20 and 21. Mammana will speak Friday, Feb. 20 on "the Seven Wonders of the ...

Alaska premiere of salmon, Pebble film

Commercial salmon fishermen, tribal representatives, sport anglers and salmon lovers will convene in Anchorage for the Alaska premiere of the award-winning film, "The Breach," at 8 p.m. on ...

'King of Fish' book-dropped around Southeast Alaska

The Salmon Project distributed 100 free copies of David Montgomery's book "King of Fish: The Thousand Year Run of Salmon" on Feb.

Climate-change education this weekend at the glacier

Reed College professor of history and environmental studies Joshua Howe will discuss climate change and his book, "Behind the Curve," at this Friday's Mendenhall Visitor Center Fireside Lecture.

Xboundary goes live

Salmon without Borders and the Alaska Program of Trout Unlimited have released a six-minute video, "Xboundary," highlighting Southeast Alaskan worries about Canadian mines in transboundary watersheds.

Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

Changes coming to West Glacier area, Skater's Cabin

Changes are coming to the start of West Glacier trail. The U.S. Forest Service hopes to create a spur trail to Mendenhall Lake, construct a separate 0.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

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: Winter walks

In late January, the Parks and Recreation hiking group went to Sheep Creek Valley, a place we seldom visit at that time of year.
By Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: The ghost of Allen Hasselborg

Editor's note: The following is part one of a two part series on the hermit Allen Hasselborg, also known as the "Bear Man of Admiralty Island.
By BJORN DIHLE

Registration open for SE Farm and Fish to Schools Conference

Registration has begun for the Southeast Farm and Fish to Schools Conference which is scheduled for April 2-3 at Centennial Hall, according to a release from Southeast Conference this week.

Budget increase proposed for National Park Service centennial year

Efforts are underway in Alaska and in more than 400 parks across the country as the nation prepares to celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service in 2016, according to a news release.

Raincountry Flyfishers meeting will feature Chilkat River dollys

The public is invited to a meeting of the Raincountry Flyfishers, a local fly fishing group, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 11 in the Thunder Mountain High School library.

Great Backyard Bird Count runs Feb 13-17

The Great Backyard Bird Count for 2015 kicks off Friday, Feb. 13 and runs until Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Fireside Lecture Feb. 6 remembers the sunken Princess Sophia

On Friday, Feb. 6, the US Forest Service will host underwater photographer Annette Smith for a Fireside Lecture on the 1918 shipwreck of the Canadian Pacific steamship Princess Sophia.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015

Wolves of the Alexander Archipelago

The wolves of the Alexander Archipelago are mysterious; scientists don't even agree about whether or not they're a subspecies of the gray wolf. But there are things they do know: Prince of Wales ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

USFS updates reservation, payment process for Auk Village, Mendenhall Lake Campgrounds

JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service has revised the reservation and payment process for Auk Village and Mendenhall Lake Campgrounds, according to a release this week. In 2015, all campsites need to ...

Fireside talk: Alexander Archipelago Wolves

U.S. Forest Service biologist Brian Logan will speak about Alexander Archipelago wolves this evening at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's weekly Fireside Lecture.

Wildlife Wednesday: Southeast's moose

Learn about the moose of Southeast Alaska at the Alaska Wildlife Alliance Southeast Chapter's upcoming Wildlife Wednesday, a monthly series of lectures.

Things to know about winter cabin camping

Ed Grossman, the U.S. Forest Service recreation program manager on the Tongass National Forest, has been "blizzarded in" not once, but twice while staying at the Peterson Lake Cabin. "It went from ...

Alaska Science Forum: Digging up Augustine's top-heavy legacy

Augustine Volcano sits alone, a 4,000-foot pyramid on its own island in Cook Inlet. Like many volcanoes, it has a tendency to become top heavy. When gravity acts on Augustine's oversteepened dome, ...
By NED ROZELL

Finding winter at Peterson Lake Cabin

There was a collective sigh of relief as our group reached the Peterson Lake Trail parking lot. A few inches of crusty snow blanketed the area.
By Abby Lowell

On the Trails: Eating lichens

Walking along the East Glacier trail one day, I noticed a scattering of gray lichen scraps on the snow next to a small tree trunk whose lichens were the source of the scraps.
By Mary Willson

What the rains have wrought

The heavy rains of the last week have moved the woods' trees and boulders, most noticeably on and around Juneau's trails. The most problematic change for the U.S.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Wolverine: the Mad Max of the wilderness

Wolverines have been mythologized and misportrayed so much so that when most people think of the species they envision actor Hugh Jackman's chiseled abs, pulsating pecks and ridiculously tight ...
By BJORN DIHLE

On the Trails: Findings on the North Douglas rainforest trail

I have walked Rainforest Trail on North Douglas I-don't-know-how-many times, but every time, there is something worth noticing - including things that I've missed or just didn't think about on ...
By Mary Willson

Forecasters: 'Winter is over'

It has been raining, it is raining, and it doesn't look likely to stop raining anytime soon. In other words, say National Weather Service forecasters, "winter is over.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Eaglecrest remains optimistic

Eaglecrest Ski Area has closed until it gets enough snow to open at least part of the upper mountain, and the forecast is calling mostly for rain. But Eaglecrest managers prefer to look on the ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Alaska Science Forum: Tidal stresses and giant earthquakes

A scientist once noticed a connection between the stress that tides inflict on the planet and the number of small earthquakes that happen in some areas when that pressure is greatest. She saw a ...
By NED ROZELL
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