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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.

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