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Courtesy of Echo Ranch
Youngsters attending Echo Ranch Bible Camp line up for lunch outside the main hall at the camp. With summer just around the corner, camps like this one abound in Juneau.

Summer youth camp roundup

Kids, teachers and staff eagerly await the end of the school year, but it causes mixed feelings for parents who have to figure out a plan to keep their children active and engaged during the summer months. One option is to enroll them in summer camps.

by CORINNE CONLON

Dirt Girl: No, it's not too late

Spring is a season with huge temperature variations. The weather can be perfect like it is this week, with blue skies and visible Mendenhall Towers looming above the glacier. It can also be like it was early last weekend, which had a mix...
CORINNE CONLON

Alaska Science Forum: Seventeen trillion wingbeats over Alaska

And they are here. Sluggish mosquitoes, sprung from the leaves where they overwintered. Moths and butterflies flitting the fields and south-facing slopes. Beetles skittering along in pinstripe-grooved exoskeletons.
NED ROZELL

On the Trails: Being a flower

The first day Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway was running, a friend and I went up to try the trail on Gold Ridge.
Mary Willson

What's in Bloom: Leopard's bane

Leopard's bane, Doronicum orientale "Little Leo," is another wonderful spring-blooming plant to chase away winter's gloom.
MERRILL JENSEN

Presentation: From Bellingham to Kotzebue in six short months

Three years ago at this time Caroline Van Hemert and Pat Farrell, of Anchorage, were paddling homemade boats, hiking and skiing from Bellingham, Washinton to Kotzebue.

Wasting found in Kachemak Bay sea stars

Decaying sea stars suspected of having wasting disease were discovered last week in Kachemak Bay.

USCG shares safe boating tips

In recognition of National Safe Boating Week 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary across Alaska are encouraging and promoting safe boating practices to protect lives at sea, according to a release this week.

USFS invites public to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day; bird walks begin

JUNEAU - The Tongass National Forest will host International Migratory Bird Day activities on Saturday, May 16 at the Juneau Community Garden. The popular day of bird-oriented education and activities is a free event organized by the U.S.

Species in the Spotlight helps endangered species

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced Thursday a new Species in the Spotlight campaign to focus recovery and public education efforts on eight marine species at risk of extinction.

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

The fifth annual Yakutat Tern Festival kicks off May 28

YAKUTAT - The fifth annual Yakutat Tern Festival will run May 28 to 31 this year as a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat.

Juneau area sport fish report for the week of May 19

King Salmon: Fishing for king salmon in the Juneau area has been better than previous years for both marine boat and shore-based anglers. North Douglas, Tee Harbor and the Breadline have all ...

Officials: don't touch 'orphaned' wildlife

Alaskans are reminded that May and June mark the season of wildlife giving birth. Newborn moose calves, bear cubs and other wildlife young may be encountered nearly anywhere in Alaska - including ...

Youth fishing events announced across Southeast

KETCHIKAN - The Tongass National Forest, partner agencies, groups, businesses and local volunteers are sponsoring youth fishing events throughout Southeast Alaska. No experience is needed to ...

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.

See the future in flowers

See tomorrow's flowers today - or tomorrow - at the Jensen-Olson Arboretum.
By MELISSA GRIFFITHS

Anatomy of the worst fire year

During this year's gorgeous and warm May, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, many of us will think back to a year that still haunts us. In summer 2004, a ...
By NED ROZELL

What's in Bloom: Yellow candelabra primrose

The yellow candelabra primrose, Primula chungensis, is one of the so called "candelabra" primroses for the way the flowers are arranged in whorls around the stem. It is also one of the few ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

On the Trails: Cruisin' to Berners Bay

Every year, the Juneau Audubon Society offers several spring cruises to Berners Bay, not far north of town. There is always a hope that the cruise might happen to arrive in the bay during the time ...
By Mary Willson

Getting (more) outdoorsy

Last weekend at Echo Ranch, about 120 women from Southeast Alaska and beyond gathered to kayak, fly fish, pack raft, chainsaw and forage for wild game. They fired .22s, harvested Dungeness crabs ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, May 15, 2015

Species in the Spotlight helps endangered species

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries announced Thursday a new Species in the Spotlight campaign to focus recovery and public education efforts on eight marine species at risk ...

USFS invites public to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day; bird walks begin

JUNEAU - The Tongass National Forest will host International Migratory Bird Day activities on Saturday, May 16 at the Juneau Community Garden. The popular day of bird-oriented education and ...

USCG shares safe boating tips

In recognition of National Safe Boating Week 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary across Alaska are encouraging and promoting safe boating practices to protect lives at sea, ...

Wasting found in Kachemak Bay sea stars

Decaying sea stars suspected of having wasting disease were discovered last week in Kachemak Bay.

Presentation: From Bellingham to Kotzebue in six short months

Three years ago at this time Caroline Van Hemert and Pat Farrell, of Anchorage, were paddling homemade boats, hiking and skiing from Bellingham, Washinton to Kotzebue.

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.

Alaska Science Forum: Seventeen trillion wingbeats over Alaska

And they are here. Sluggish mosquitoes, sprung from the leaves where they overwintered. Moths and butterflies flitting the fields and south-facing slopes. Beetles skittering along in ...
By NED ROZELL

Dirt Girl: No, it's not too late

Spring is a season with huge temperature variations. The weather can be perfect like it is this week, with blue skies and visible Mendenhall Towers looming above the glacier. It can also be like ...
By CORINNE CONLON

On the Trails: Being a flower

The first day Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway was running, a friend and I went up to try the trail on Gold Ridge.
By Mary Willson

What's in Bloom: Leopard's bane

Leopard's bane, Doronicum orientale "Little Leo," is another wonderful spring-blooming plant to chase away winter's gloom.
By MERRILL JENSEN

Summer youth camp roundup

Kids, teachers and staff eagerly await the end of the school year, but it causes mixed feelings for parents who have to figure out a plan to keep their children active and engaged during the ...
By CORINNE CONLON

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Idaho climbers rescued from Alaska mountain after avalanche

ANCHORAGE - National Park Service officials said two climbers from Idaho were rescued unharmed from an Alaska mountain after triggering an avalanche.

Friday, May 8, 2015

On the Trails: Visiting Gustavus

One of the first things I noticed upon arriving in Gustavus, a quaint community located northwest of Juneau, was a roadside muskeg in which the shore pines were in sorry shape, with many brown ...
By Mary Willson

What's in Bloom: Primula denticulata

It's Primula season at the Arboretum! With all of the extra moisture that April brought, along with the delightful sunny days (it's always sunny out the road …) in between showers, the beds are ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

Alaska Science Forum: Artwork found at ancient house site

At the edge of a spruce forest in Interior Alaska, archaeologists have unearthed bone pendants that might be the first examples of artwork in northern North America.
By NED ROZELL

Pull! Trap shooters start Juneau Trap Team for youth

"Pull!" a kid says. A voice-activated machine sends an orange clay pigeon spinning through the air. Seconds later, the kid - a member of the Juneau Trap Team - shoots, and the pigeon explodes.
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.

Augustus Brown pool offering special deal for Mother's Day

This Sunday, May 10, mothers get a special deal at Augustus Brown Pool, according to a press release from the City and Borough of Juneau this week. Adult women can enjoy free admission from ...

Annual Plant Sale happening Saturday

The annual Plant Sale - featuring trees, shrubs and a host of perennials - kicks off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 9 in the Safeway parking lot.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Celebrating the birds of the Stikine

Ravens cawed. Gulls mewed. People hammered. On a sunny weekend at the beginning of May, Wrangell celebrated its 18th annual Stikine River Birding Festival, meant both to increase awareness of the ...
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Friday, May 1, 2015

Alaska Science Forum: An oasis on the Seward Peninsula

On a recent ski trip across the Seward Peninsula, I followed a trail along the Pilgrim River broken by five friends. Their path led to a subarctic oasis.
By NED ROZELL

Celebrate AK Agriculture Day on May 5

PALMER - Alaskans will celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on Tuesday, May 5.

Say hello to spring kings

The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska's 19th annual Spring King Salmon Derby kicked off this morning at 12:01 a.m.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

National Bike to School Day kicks off May 6

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Safe Routes to School program invites schools statewide to participate in this year's National Bike to School Day, ...

Canadians, Americans, call for safer tailings storage in BC

A large group of Canadians and Americans on Wednesday sent a letter to the British Columbia government, calling for a stop to the permitting of wet tailings facilities for new and proposed mines ...

Board extends deadline, expands topics for next year's meeting

JUNEAU - The Alaska Board of Game has extended the deadline for proposed changes to statewide regulations pertaining to hunting, trapping and the use of game to 5 p.m., June 23.

Off the Beaten Path: The mysteries of Yakobi Island, part II

The bear fell to all fours; the hair on her hump stood up as she cautiously nibbled greens. The two tiny cubs didn’t share their mother’s agitation. One picked up a shell, sat and rolled over on ...
By BJORN DIHLE

On the Trails: Findings on dredge islands include a stranded octopus

On a fine low tide in late April, I headed out to some of the dredge islands in Gastineau Channel, along with two friends. Before we even got to the islands, we found several interesting things.
By Mary Willson

Catching 'chromers' in Yakutat

To fly to Yakutat in April or early May is to become acquainted with a certain fishy sense of anticipation.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

What's in Bloom: 'Tweety Bird'

Over the years, I've grown many Narcissus, more commonly known as daffodils. One that has recently captured my attention is N. "Tweety Bird." Their bright, pure yellow color simply glows on ...
By MERRILL JENSEN

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Auke Lake to be closed Friday for maintenance

Auke Lake Trail, starting at the Auke Lake access, will be closed during the day Friday for trail and tree maintenance. Maintenance is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. and will be complete by 4 p.m.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Orphaned polar bear to move from New York to St. Louis Zoo

ST. LOUIS - A polar bear who gained international fame when orphaned two years ago is headed to the St. Louis Zoo. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the U.S.

Denali National Park wolf count drops below 50

Denali National Park and Preserve's wolf numbers have reached a new low this spring with an estimated population of just 48, according to a National Park Service study.

Monday, April 27, 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.

Friday, April 24, 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.

JGC to host Creative Garden Design Workshop

The Juneau Garden Club will sponsor a Creative Garden Design Workshop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 at the Baranof Hotel. Featured speaker, Sue Goetz, from Tacoma, Wash.

Lecture: Solving mysteries from SE to the Arctic

The public is invited to join science communication students from the University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences from 4-6 p.m.

JAS' annual Berners Bay cruises begin

The annual cruises to Berners Bay, organized by the Juneau Audubon Society, are happening again this year beginning Saturday, April 25, and continuing on Saturday, May 2. The cruise Saturday ...

Local organizations invite public to wetlands clean-up event

The public is invited to the Juneau Wetlands Community Clean-up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 25 on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge, at Auk Nu Cove and at Montana Creek.

Summer science camp open for Southeast educators

A summer educator camp for Southeast K-8 math and science teachers is open for registration, according to a notice in a newsletter distributed by the Alaska Department of Education and Early ...

Local USFS camp sites no longer accepting cash, check

Local USFS camp sites no longer accepting cash, check JUNEAU - The U.S.

'Singer in the stream' offers glimpse into the life of dippers

A few years ago, local writer and retired ecologist Mary Willson was watching American Dippers sing and flit in and out of a stream when she thought of a few rhyming lines.
By MARY CATHARINE MARTIN

Remembering the Vikings - 'iron slicks' of the muskegs

Have you ever seen oil patches in the muskegs around Juneau? In Iceland, these patches are called "járnbrák" ("iron slick"). This common sight in this region is a sure sign of anaerobic bacteria ...
By John Wade

Off the Beaten Path: The mysteries of Yakobi Island, part I

• Editor's note: This is part one of a two-part series on Yakobi Island and its history. Next week's Off the Beaten Path will conclude the series.
By BJORN DIHLE

Alaska Science Forum: Discoveries at Serpentine Hot Springs

Skiing across the raw, open landscape of the Seward Peninsula a few weeks ago, my friends and I dreamed of getting out of a big wind and into the tub at Serpentine Hot Springs.
By NED ROZELL

On the Trails: April - the cruelest month

The poet had it right! Although April has often been a benign month here, with lots of sun and rapid warming, this year's April has (so far) offered us lots of rain and temperatures parked around ...
By Mary Willson

Friday, April 17, 2015

Wild Shot

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

My enemy: the buzz of the bird

The yellow house. It was beautiful. Way out Rink Creek in Gustavus. As if Gustavus isn't small enough as is, I lived seven miles outside the center of town. In the winters we were isolated down ...
By STEPHANIE SHOR
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