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Bjorn Dihle | For the Juneau Empire
The tracks of a wolverine on the Kaskawulsh Glacier deep in the Kluane Mountain Range wend into the distance.

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 pants. This is a nasty example of reverse anthropomorphism.

by BJORN DIHLE

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.
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 pattern to these earthquakes leading up to...
NED ROZELL

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 past walks there.
Mary Willson

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 snowy side.
MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Fireside Chat to feature the ocean's trash

Peter Murphy, Alaska Coordinator for NOAA's Marine Debris Program, will talk about finding and cleaning up trash in the ocean at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's Fireside Lectures today.

Cooperative Extension's Juneau open house scheduled

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Juneau will host an open house from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 at its downtown district office in the Public Safety Building, 450 Whittier St., suite 128.

Learn about SE birds through Community Schools course

Want to learn about birds, and how to identify Southeast Alaska's residents and migrants? The opportunity is ahead.

UAF project documents Native hunting knowledge

Alaska Native people have been living with and harvesting marine mammals for millennia.

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

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

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.

UAF project documents Native hunting knowledge

Alaska Native people have been living with and harvesting marine mammals for millennia.

Learn about SE birds through Community Schools course

Want to learn about birds, and how to identify Southeast Alaska's residents and migrants? The opportunity is ahead.

Cooperative Extension's Juneau open house scheduled

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Juneau will host an open house from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29 at its downtown district office in the Public Safety ...

Fireside Chat to feature the ocean's trash

Peter Murphy, Alaska Coordinator for NOAA's Marine Debris Program, will talk about finding and cleaning up trash in the ocean at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's Fireside Lectures today.

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

EPA offers three Northwest grants of up to $91,000 for environmental awareness, stewardship

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is accepting grant applications for its Environmental Education Grants Program. The grants seek to support locally-focused environmental education projects ...

New animated movie on bowhead whales

A new animated film produced by the University of Alaska Museum of the North explores the annual migration of bowhead whales across the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort seas.

Girls on Ice accepting applications

Girls on Ice, a free wilderness education program, is accepting applications now through Jan. 31.

Federal Subsistence Hunting and Trapping Regulations to change

The Federal Subsistence Board is accepting proposals through March 25 to change federal regulations for the subsistence harvest of wildlife on federal public lands for July 1, 2016 through June ...

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.

Boaters' deaths 18 percent of 1998 rate

Recreational boating fatalities in Alaska have dropped 82 percent since 1998, when HB108, Use, Regulation and Operation of Boats, was introduced, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Alaska Science Forum: The demise of Scotch Cap lighthouse

In the spring of 1946, five men stationed at the Scotch Cap lighthouse had reason to be happy. World War II was over. They had survived. Their lonely Coast Guard assignment on Unimak Island would ...
By NED ROZELL

Roadside geology: Connor's book time travels into the newly known

Earth time is slower than human time, but either Earth time is speeding up or the tools that measure geological activity have so improved that geologists are now able to see much more clearly into ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Off the Beaten Path: The metaphysics of mountain madness

Many of you probably heard that a crazy yeti of a man just summited Denali solo.
By BJORN DIHLE

Mastodons more ancient than previously thought

Revised age estimates of American mastodon fossils in Alaska and Yukon have resolved a quandary about when these extinct relatives of elephants lived.

Eaglecrest closed today due to weather

Eaglecrest Ski Area closed yesterday and will be closed today due to warm weather and rain, according to a release. The Home School lessons scheduled for Thursday and Friday afternoons have been ...

New guide to Alaska herbs published

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has published a comprehensive Alaska guide for herb enthusiasts. "An Alaska Herb Garden" features information about cultivating, ...

Fireside chat: Mendenhall River Bridges

Local historian Jim Geraghty will speak on the Bridges of Mendenhall River for this evening's Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's Fireside Lecture. Mendenhall River bisects the valley.

Friday, Jan. 9, 2015

Off the Beaten Path: Not just a pretty pelt: marten in Southeast Alaska

Trapping season is underway, and across the state, marten, a boreal member of the weasel family (Mustelidae) with a pelt too luxurious for its own good, is Alaska's most sought furbearer.
By BJORN DIHLE

2015 Fireside lectures begin today

Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Director John Neary kicks off the 2015 Fireside Lecture season today with a talk on the cross-Admiralty Island canoe route.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Where there's ice, there's (not so much) snow

Ah, Twin Lakes. People come to ice skate. To play hockey. To push small children across a slippery surface on folding metal chairs. To make the best of Juneau's unusual lack of snow.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

More terrain opens at Eaglecrest - with limits

Eaglecrest Ski Area on Thursday began operating the Black Bear and Ptarmigan chairlifts, opening up the east side of the mountain for advanced and expert skiers and riders. They also opened the ...

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.

Statewide pesticide trainings offered

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is offering three-day training sessions for pesticide applicators in January and April. The first will be a videoconference session ...

Alaska Science Forum: Two tales of dynamic Alaska tundra

As pungent eucalyptus trees soaked up inches of California rain, a few researchers inside San Francisco's Moscone Center spoke of the treeless third of Alaska at the 2014 fall meeting of the ...
By NED ROZELL

Apply now for a Eaglecrest's 34th Annual Learn to Ski Weekend

Eaglecrest Ski Area will soon be hosting its 34th annual Learn to Ski Weekend. On Jan. 24-25, 40 third and fourth graders will participate in the free weekend, complete with lessons, rentals, lift ...

Friday, Jan. 2, 2015

Become a plant whisperer

Wondering how to grow things in Juneau? The Juneau District Office of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is offering a "Gardening in Southeast Alaska 101 Class" ...

Fireside Lectures return

The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's popular Fireside Lectures are back for another season. Kayaker and visitor center director John Neary will kick of this year's series with a talk on Friday, ...

Birds that can see Russia

Birds in Gambell (Sivuqaq) Alaska are prolific, unusual and fascinating. You'll get a chance to find out more about birds in a place from which you really can see Russia at the Juneau Audubon ...

Explore with Willson, Hocker

Naturalist and artist Kathy Hocker and retired professor of ecology Mary Willson, who also writes a weekly column for the Juneau Empire, will give a talk called "Our Little Explorations - Seeing ...

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.

Some birds home for the holidays; others far from it

Some birds are home for the holidays and some seem to be making Southeast Alaska their temporary residence during these cold winter months.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

On the Trails: Herbivores and their plants

When herbivores eat, sometimes they just nibble and there is little impact on the plant or on the consumer. There are two other possibilities.
By Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: Gifts of deer

Well, it's that time of the year again. Time to put away the camouflage fashions and take the bi-annual shower - every hunter knows it's bad luck to bathe during open season. Hot water, bleach and ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Alaska Science Forum: 1946 tsunami survivor shares her story

On April 1, 1946, the sea floor ruptured just south of Unimak Island in the Aleutian Islands.
By NED ROZELL

Friday, Dec. 26, 2014

Off the Beaten Path: The Bigfoot blues

The other day I discovered a number of articles speculating that the Yeti, the elusive hominid cryptid of the Himalayas, is actually the Tibetan brown bear. This theory isn’t new — but a recent ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014

Hunters find giant spruce burl; burls' cause a mystery

While hunting in Douglas woods last week, Bryce Iverson and Matt Kern found a spruce tree growing the largest tree burl they - or anyone they talked to - had ever seen.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

On the Trails: Chickadees of the north

A friend and I stood in a small muskeg on Douglas Island, checking out some deer tracks, when little twitterings announced the arrival of chickadees.

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014

SEARHC announces Outpatient Clinic holiday schedule

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium announced this week their outpatient clinics will be closed on Christmas Day, Thursday, Dec. 25, and New Year's Day, Thursday, Jan. 1.

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

The long road south

Not many people cycle across continents, but Seth McBride and Kelly Schwan are unique even in that small group.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Off the Beaten Path: 'Kayak Horizon'

In late November, with the marine forecast looking decent, I loaded a kayak on the car and coaxed my girlfriend Mary Catharine into giving me a ride to False Outer Point before dawn.
By BJORN DIHLE

On the Trails: Trailside scrapbook

Here are some assorted observations from several winter walks, small things that stirred friends and my interest. A common sight in our forests is a "nurse log" that supports a row of small ...
By Mary Willson

Hilary Lindh Scholarship winners announced

Eaglecrest Ski Area recently announced the recipients of this year's Hilary Lindh Scholarships. Winners were chosen based on "scholastic achievement, competitive spirit and financial need," ...

Subsistence Student Art Contest accepting entries

The Federal Subsistence Management Program is sponsoring its annual art contest for Alaska students from kindergarten through high school. The theme for this year's contest - the submission ...

Alaska Science Forum: Far-north changes pondered in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - At this annual gathering of more than 20,000 Earth and space scientists, press conferences offered by the organizers feature scientists discussing everything from Mars rovers ...
By NED ROZELL

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014

Alaskans win chance to stake remote cabin sites

A total of 167 Alaskans won the opportunity to stake state land for recreational cabin sites during the Remote Recreational Cabin Sites lottery drawing held earlier this month, according to a ...

Friday, Dec. 12, 2014

Winter whites

O ne day in late November, Parks and Recreation hikers on the West Glacier trail spotted a fairly small white beast crouched in the brush. It didn't move at first when a human approached, dashing ...
By Mary Willson

Mastodons long gone from the north

A long, long time ago, a hairy elephant stomped the northland, wrecking trees and shrubs as it fed off twigs, leaves and bark.
By NED ROZELL

There's something about Juneau

Juneau has not one photographer, but two, with a photograph hanging in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Juneau photographer Richard Hebhardt estimates he's been taking pictures ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Upper Cook Inlet sockeye harvest forecasted to beat 2014 numbers

If everything goes as forecast, Upper Cook Cook Inlet fishermen should see a total run of 5.8 million sockeye during the 2015 fishing season. Of those, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game ...
By RASHAH MCCHESNEY

Analysis: Southeast wolves aren't subspecies

Southeast Alaska's wolves aren't as unique as some may think, according to a new scientific report published.

Fisheries scholarship awarded to Alexandra Lyons

The University of Alaska Southeast Fisheries Technology program named Alexandra Lyons as its first Douglas Island Pink & Chum scholar.

Wild shots

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