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On the Tails: Shorebirds in winter

By Mary F. Willson For the Juneau Empire On Christmas day, a little group of friends walked along the airport dike trail. Loose snow had drifted over the trail in places and...

Alaska Science Forum: Fun with ice physics in the cryosphere

By Ned Rozell A recent winter storm that featured a heavy rainfall caused hardships for many animals of Interior Alaska, but some people found the event fascinating. Two men who live up here and...

I Went to the Woods: Fending off the cold

By Jeff Lund For the Juneau Empire While biking, cool air turns cold, and cold air turns bitter, so the faster you go, the colder you get. I thought about this as I...

Report: Alaska harvests millions of salmon bound for B.C. and North Coast

The Pacific Salmon Treaty is failing to protect North Coast and B.C. salmon from Alaskan commercial fisheries, a new report released jointly by Skeena Wild Conservation Trust and Watershed Watch Salmon Society on Jan....

On the Trails: Surf, bird food and paralytic shellfish poisoning

By Mary F. Willson Surf’s up! In early January, high winds stirred the waters of Juneau, making boating an unpleasant if not downright dangerous proposition. The waves pounded the coastlines, roiling the waters...

Midwinter rain-on-snow a game changer

By Ned Rozell A few hours of a December day may affect living things for years to come in the middle of Alaska. On Dec. 26, more than an inch of rain fell over...

Pride of Bristol Bay: Novarupta — The Greatest Volcano Eruption of the 20th Century

By Bjorn Dihle At the beginning of June of 1912, Mount Katmai, a 7000-foot volcano 40-some miles from Bristol Bay, was showing signs of coming to life. On June 6, a new volcano...

On the Trails: Strolling on the snow

By Mary F. Willson Snow, and more snow! The deep snows this winter are too much for these little snowshoes we usually use here—one just postholes, and the enlarged feet have a hard...

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