Posted on May 07, 2015 under Conservation, General, Natural History
Spring at the Top of the World
Eiders migrate past Barrow Alaska

I spent the last week, the last week of April, working on the frozen Chukchi Sea, helping train a group of scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society who are studying eider ducks.   Their goal is to count the hundreds of thousands of King and Common Eiders that migrate past Barrow each spring to update the…

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Posted on April 10, 2014 under Conservation, General, Natural History
Kasegaluk Lagoon

    On the very edge of the earth, where the coastal tundra melts into the Chukchi Sea in a watery tangle of streams, bays, lakes and lagoons is a world of austere beauty, vibrant with life. Kasegaluk Lagoon is rich beyond compare in Arctic Alaska. The long list of descriptors for the area only…

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Posted on April 05, 2013 under General, Natural History
Snowy Owls

It has been a couple of years since I last saw a snowy owl and I miss being startled by a distant white object, I’ve taken for a snow patch suddenly taking wing and gliding low over the tundra. Snowy Owls are arcticophiles and I enjoy the years when they seem abundant across northern Alaska….

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Posted on February 08, 2013 under General, Natural History
Arctic Terns

On my recent trip to the Antarctic Peninsula I was fortunate to see an old friend. It is always a pleasure to see other Alaskans traveling the world, and seeing these Arctic Terns in the southern hemisphere was a highlight of the trip. Like most naturalists in Alaska, I admire Arctic Terns for their tenacious…

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Posted on October 25, 2012 under General, Natural History, Trip Planning Resources
Alaska’s Land of Extremes

  I just purchased 14 books. Not 14 different books but 14 copies of the same book and it wasn’t even a mistake. University of Chicago Press just released “Land of Extremes” by Alex Huryn and John Hobbie, and I wanted copies for all our guides and for our trip libraries too. It won’t be…

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Posted on May 03, 2012 under General, Natural History, Trip Planning Resources
Traveling in Bear Country

BearWise Training April 26 & 27, 2012 By Ron Yarnell With more than 40 years of guiding experience in grizzly country, I know a thing or two about bears, so when Marin Kuizenga, with Polar Field Services Inc, said she had room for three Arctic Wild guides in a bear safety workshop, I was a…

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Posted on April 05, 2012 under General, Natural History
Spring is for the Birds

By Michael Wald Co-Owner and Guide The first day of spring can be measured in many different ways. We are a full 2 weeks into spring today, if we use the astronomical measure of the equinox.  After 30 feet of snowfall this winter here in Haines, Alaska, we may be half-way into summer before the…

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Posted on March 18, 2012 under General, Natural History
Bear Safety

Another study was released last week showing that common sense and knowledge of animal behavior are more important in avoiding injury from bears than are firearms. As an Alaska guide service that has taught hundreds of people appropriate behavior in Bear Country we are glad to see data supporting our belief that keeping your eyes…

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Posted on March 17, 2012 under General, Natural History
Woolly-Bear Caterpillar

By Dan Ritzman- Arctic Wild Guide, Conservation Leader and Lover of Caterpillars. I have spent a good part of the last 2 decades talking to people about what makes the Arctic great. I have given hundreds of lectures, and toured any number of decision makers and media types around the Arctic and I always endeavor…

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Posted on February 23, 2012 under General, Natural History
Little Bird- Big Migration

I love arctic Alaska, but there is a bird in the news that displays unmatched devotion to the tundra. The northern wheatear looks like a cross between a robin and a shrike, and we see them on high rocky ridges throughout the Brooks Range. Their distinctive call and undulating flight are nearly ubiquitous in the…

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