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Bjorn Dihle | For the Juneau Empire
An obese brown bear in Southeast Alaska.

Off the Beaten Path: Dear Fish and Game: Please create a Board of Outdoor Fashion

Today, I'm proposing the revolutionary creation of a board of outdoor fashion. The idea came to me in the depths of winter while I was reflecting on what a strange year 2016 has been.

by BJORN DIHLE

On the Trails: On deermice and men

I've heard several people say "I hate mice!" I think they really mean that they, understandably, don't want to share their houses with mice.
Mary Willson

Alaska Science Forum: Bringing the world to a standstill

On a June day 105 years ago, in a green valley where the Aleutians merge with the mainland, the world fell apart. Earthquakes swayed the alders and spruce. A mountain shook, groaned and collapsed into itself, its summit disappearing.
NED ROZELL

Long-distance birdie call

WASHINGTON - You fly more than 100 miles for love. You get rejected. You fly another 100 miles. Another rejection. And another.
SETH BORENSTEIN

Wild Shots

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Articles from the Outdoors section archive

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017

Wild Shots

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Alaska Science Forum: Bringing the world to a standstill

On a June day 105 years ago, in a green valley where the Aleutians merge with the mainland, the world fell apart. Earthquakes swayed the alders and spruce. A mountain shook, groaned and collapsed ...
By NED ROZELL

On the Trails: On deermice and men

I've heard several people say "I hate mice!" I think they really mean that they, understandably, don't want to share their houses with mice.
By Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: Dear Fish and Game: Please create a Board of Outdoor Fashion

Today, I'm proposing the revolutionary creation of a board of outdoor fashion. The idea came to me in the depths of winter while I was reflecting on what a strange year 2016 has been.
By BJORN DIHLE

Long-distance birdie call

WASHINGTON - You fly more than 100 miles for love. You get rejected. You fly another 100 miles. Another rejection. And another.
By SETH BORENSTEIN

Friday, Jan. 6, 2017

Lynx stroll past ski crowds in rare sightings

DENVER - Some elusive and charismatic lynx have been parading past awe-struck Colorado residents and visitors this winter, electrifying social media and giving biologists reason to smile.
By DAN ELLIOTT

Alaska Science Forum: The rigors of research in the cold

Rod Boertje knew it was getting cold when Park Service rangers took the dogs inside. Boertje, then a graduate student in wildlife biology at the University of Alaska, was doing a study on caribou ...
By NED ROZELL

Wild Shots

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On the Trails: One thing leads to another

I like to take a walk just to see what I can see, like the bear that went over the mountain, in the old song. You never know what might be found, until you look. Keep looking, and something of ...
By Mary Willson

Friday, Dec. 30, 2016

Wildlife Wednesday to discuss swallow's population decline

The next Wildlife Wednesday lecture will discuss the population decline of tree swallows. Brenda Wright, a naturalist and birder, will give a talk titled "Where have all the swallows gone?" from ...

Winter explorations: Squirrel caches, old mining adits and daddy longlegs

Wonderful snow! Brightening our short December days; under that full moon, it was spectular. All that glorious snow drew me out, day after day, looking for little stories writ there.
By Mary Willson

Off the Beaten Path: The wolf and the fawn

A few years ago while looking for deer, I listened to trees creaking and moaning in a Southeasterly gale. Snow fell steadily, illuminating the gloomy forest. I continued up a mountainside I ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Alaska Science Forum: Goodbye to a smiling giant of Alaska science

T. Neil Davis has died at 84, in his Fairbanks home. The scientist/author/doer was a graduate student and later director at UAF's Geophysical Institute.
By NED ROZELL

Wild Shots

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Tenakee Inlet closed to personal shrimp fishing

The sport and personal use shrimp fisheries in Tenakee Inlet will remain closed in 2017 until further notice, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Unit 4 Goat Season to end

SITKA - Mountain goat registration hunt RG150 on Baranof Island will end Dec. 31. Successful hunters must submit hunt reports and goat horns for age and sex identification within 5 days of the ...

Unit 4 Brown Bear Season to end

SITKA - The brown bear registration hunt RB077 in Unit 4 (Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof Island) will end Dec. 31. Successful hunters must submit hunt reports within 10 days of the date of kill ...

Unit 4 State Deer Season to end

SITKA - The Sitka black-tailed deer state hunting season in Unit 4 will end Dec. 31. Unit 4 includes all of Admiralty, Baranof and Chichagof islands, as well as smaller islands within the unit.

Juneau area closed to personal shrimp fishing

The sport and personal use shrimp fisheries in the Juneau area will remain closed in 2017 until further notice, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Friday, Dec. 23, 2016

Off the Beaten Path: Christmas gift ideas for outdoorsmen and women

This August the editor of Alaska Magazine, looking for someone with Stone Age tendencies to test outdoor products and write a gear review column, asked me if I wanted the job.
By BJORN DIHLE

Off the Trails: Small vertebrates in winter

Our recent spell of single-digit temperatures (at my house, if not in our local banana-belt) made me think about our smallest birds and mammals and how they deal with the cold.
By Mary Willson

Alaska Science Forum: Tales of frozen water, from San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO - On rare winter mornings here, a skim of ice forms on sidewalk puddles. But water's solid form is mostly an abstraction in this land of blooming flowers and the hummingbirds that ...
By NED ROZELL

Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

Fish board denies most winter kings proposals

Despite a number of proposals and public comments in favor, the Board of Fisheries made few changes to the Lower Cook Inlet's winter saltwater king salmon fishery.
By ELIZABETH EARL

Off the Trails: Snow-walkers

Snow was falling, snow on snow, as the song goes, and another four inches fell on the thick snow blankets already on the ground. Splendid! We strapped on our snowshoes and took off.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Alaska Science Forum: To Alaska and then some for Yukon lynx

A lynx that roamed more than 200 miles from Kluane Lake in the Yukon Territory to near Chitina is still being tracked across the Alaska landscape, thanks to a curious couple living off the ...
By NED ROZELL

Recent disputed actions under Obama

BILLINGS, Mont. - Republicans and business groups pledge to reverse or block a string of recent and pending actions from the administration of President Barack Obama.
By MATTHEW BROWN

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: To the opposite end of the Earth

Joanna Young does not seem to fear change very much. The spunky redhead first came to Fairbanks from Egypt, where her parents were teaching English and running a school.
By NED ROZELL

The science behind bioluminescence in the sea

Have you ever dipped a paddle or an oar into the sea on a dark night, or watched the wake of an outboard motor, and seen the swirl of light churned up by the turbulence?
By MARY F. WILLSON

Off the Beaten Path: Dear National Geographic: Please produce my reality show 'Toughest Alaskan'

Dear National Geographic: Today, I offer a proposal more inspiring than your feature on the first ascent of Mount Everest, more dramatic than your television show “Wicked Tuna” and even ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Federal judge tosses another fisheries management rule

Federal judges keep smacking down the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's decisions.
By DJ SUMMERS

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Cross country ski club signup

Registration is now open for Juneau's 4-H Cross Country Ski Club.

Friday, Dec. 2, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: Bowhead whales may be world's oldest mammals

As biologist Craig George was helping Native whale hunter Billy Adams cut sections of blubber from a bowhead whale, he pressed his knife into an old scar in the whale's skin.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Trails: November musings and mysteries

November brought many small delights and some puzzles along the trails.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Halibut stock stable, flat harvest likely

ANCHORAGE - Stocks have stabilized and bycatch is as low as it's been since 1960, however the halibut quota for next year will edge down after being raised for the first time in years in 2016.
By DJ SUMMERS

Pebble suits proceeding; DNR rebuts reclamation report

ANCHORAGE - Pebble Limited Partnership is asking for legal fees to wrap up one lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency and hopes to settle another out of court.
By ELWOOD BREHMER

Wild Shots

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Wildlife Wednesdays: Beavers at Mendenhall

The Alaska Wildlife Alliance presents its speaker series, Wildlife Wednesdays, at the Mendenhall Valley Public Library from 7-8 p.m. on Dec. 7.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Glacier Bay National Park gets app

Glacier Bay National Park now has its own app.
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

Friday, Nov. 25, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: State taking shape near Yakutat

The forces shaping Alaska never sleep, especially near Yakutat. I once visited the fishing town of about 800 people and many dogs.
By NED ROZELL

Wisconsin hunter kills trophy eight-point ... doe?

GREEN BAY, Wis. - A Wisconsin hunter has killed an eight-point . doe? WLUK-TV reported that Wayne Douville was hunting near Abrams in northeastern Wisconsin on Monday when he shot and killed a ...

Off the Trails: Flapping around in a super full moon

In mid November, the tide tables told us that there would be some big (over 20-foot) tides during the daylight hours. These were associated with a full moon, but not an ordinary full moon.
By MARY F. WILLSON

Pennsylvania hunters can use semi-automatic weapons

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Gov. Tom Wolf has signed a bill into law that expands the list of firearms permitted for hunting in Pennsylvania to include semi-automatic rifles and handguns.

Wild Shots

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Friday, Nov. 18, 2016

JGC November shoot results

The Juneau Gun Club held it's November shoot Nov. 5-6. Brice Norton, 14, took high over-all honors with a score of 271/300 (90.3 average) with Eric Verrelli as the runner up with a score of ...

Thanksgiving Turkey shoot

The Juneau Gun Club, the Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation, the Juneau Archery Club, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold a Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, ...

Wild Shots

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Alaska Science Forum: A visit to one of Earth's greatest canyons

People wait years for permits to raft the Grand Canyon. Michelle Ridgway once visited a much larger canyon in Alaska, one that most people will never hear about.
By NED ROZELL

Off the Beaten Path: Wolves of the Noatak

Rain fell steadily, loosening truck sized boulders from the mountains and swelling creeks. The wind began to howl, tearing open the fog and revealing the rocky slopes of serrated peaks. I packed ...
By BJORN DIHLE

Off the Trails: The color green

All summer long, we live in a sea of green. The forest, the bogs, the meadows are awash in greens-silvery, yellowish, dusky, bluish, greyish, even reddish — but all greens.
By Mary Willson

Friday, Nov. 11, 2016

Alaska Science Forum: Should birds stay or should they go?

Biologist Susan Sharbaugh, formerly of the Alaska Bird Observatory, once spoke about the strategies birds employ to survive in our season of darkness and cold. She talked about the flighty birds ...
By NED ROZELL

Off the Beaten Path: Bears and caribou

I watched the sun setting on mountains above the headwaters of the Alatna River as the pulsations reverberated so heavily I shuddered at times. 
By BJORN DIHLE

Wild Shots

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Intermittent closure of Dan Moller Trail

The Juneau Snowmobile Club will be conducting helicopter sling load operations to transport gravel to a 115-foot section of Dan Moller Trail, just above the Treadwell Ditch Trail.

Sharing the trails with traps information night

Trapping season in the Juneau area opened Nov. 1, and the Department of Fish and Game is providing an information night on traps for the community.

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Call for proposals on migratory bird subsistence harvest

The annual period to submit proposals to change migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations for the 2018 April-August season opened Nov. 1 and extends through Dec. 15.

2nd Annual Fall Shoot Invitational

The Juneau Gun Club's Trap Team is hosting their second annual tournament this weekend, Nov. 5-6. The shooting will start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Juneau Ranger District seeks applications for natural resource projects

The Forest Service invites the public to submit funding applications for natural resource projects in the Juneau area. Proposals are due Dec. 1, 2016 and may be used for projects on federal and ...
By KEVIN GULLUFSEN

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