Native Flora and Fauna of Alaska

Indigenous Flora and Fauna of Alaska In Alaska, there is an abundance of flora and fauna. And there are a handful of reasons for that; this region is a major migration point for many species to find ample supply of food source, negate predators or inhospitable conditions, give birth, and to raise their young. Some species visit for a short amount of time, others migrate to [...]

2024-07-07T13:25:43-07:00By |Alaska Adventures, Alaska Flora and Fauna, Wildlife|

Fungi and the Forest Floor

Mushrooms: Cluster of mushrooms on forest floor Not quite a plant, mushrooms belong in their own family: fungus. In fact, mushrooms are more common to animals than they are to plants! Fungi grow all over the world and come and many shapes and sizes. Mushrooms are the result of the spores of a fungi fruiting. They come in all shapes and sizes in all sorts of ecological environments, but [...]

Spring Migration Patterns

Like all places, spring is a transition time and Alaska is no different. Many know Alaska to be the 'land of the midnight sun', however summer is not the only time of year The Last Frontier shines! As the short, cold winter days fade away Alaska starts to come alive in the spring. Believe it or not, by early March most of the state has close to 11 hours of [...]

The Birdwatching Boom

Alaska is referred to by many names and titles. Originally translated from the Aleut word “aleyska,” meaning “great land.” Others have referred to it as a land of abundance, "The Last Frontier", or the "North to the Future". This bountiful and majestic land has histories of unsettled wild, famous trading routes and mapping, and echoes of the iconic Gold Rush. The experiences and life that cycle in Alaska offers a [...]

2023-02-04T01:29:24-08:00By |Alaska Tourism, Wildlife|

The Magnetism of Whales and the Northern Lights

Once August comes around in Alaska folks start to notice that the nights become increasing longer and welcome back the sights and awe of the Aurora Borealis. The Northern Lights shine during all the seasons, and due to the long summertime hours and midnight sun, you can best observe them from August till April in Alaska. These lights put on magnificent displays of greens, pinks, violets, and whites that dance [...]

Spring: The Season of the Moose

Moose of Alaska Spring signals its arrival in Alaska quickly and abruptly in the most beautiful ways. Bright greens of new growth seem to appear across the valleys and mountains overnight. These signs of new life signal wildlife and other plants to begin their spring rhythms. Moose are one of the first to start their grazing migrations as the first new growth on trees and bushes are one of [...]

2024-05-14T19:44:00-07:00By |Alaska Tourism, Moose of Alaska, Wildlife|

Bird Watching in Alaska

Alaska Birding Alaska is known for it's paramount wildlife sightings. Specifically, it's superb bird watching opportunities and for a variety of reasons. We are going to explore just why Alaska offers such an exciting stage for viewing hundreds of species of birds. And, how to get to the best Alaskan bird watching sites in the 'Last Frontier'. Migratory and Residential Birds So what is it that draws in millions of birds [...]

Alaska Whale Migration

Alaska Whale Migration Coastal Life With the changing of seasons, the Alaskan coast moves from icy stillness to layers of vibrant life. Where fall once signaled the beginning of southern migrations, the spring welcomes in new life and returning residents as the ice melts. The days lengthen and animals start to rouse just as others are making their annual trip back. Many coastal species follow the warming waters to northern regions [...]

2021-07-07T13:00:19-07:00By |Alaska Whales, Wildlife|

Gold Mint Trail

Gold Mint Trail Hatcher's Pass is full of hiking opportunities. The variety of terrain and accessibility to the backcountry of the Talkeetna Mountains will have you yearning for more with each visit. Some days have an abundance of time and resources, and others you may just have an afternoon to spare. During a summer day in the Mat-Su Valley we chose to keep the logistics simple and embark as a group [...]

Being Bear Aware

Being Bear Aware Alaska is home to a majority of the United States bear population. This population is made up of four different species and a variety of subspecies. The most notable are the brown bear, black bear, grizzly bear, and polar bear. These species are differentiated by adaptations and environment. No matter the terrain, or species you may encounter, being bear aware is of top priority for the safety of [...]

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