The Mighty Musk Ox: A Celebration of Alaska’s Prehistoric Megafauna

Quick question: what Alaskan animal from the Pleistocene era has the softest hair? The answer may surprise you, but it’s none other than the humble musk ox. This iconic animal left over from the ice age provides qiviut, or a downy undercoat, that is knitted into warm weather clothing, without the itchiness of sheep’s wool.Continue reading “The Mighty Musk Ox: A Celebration of Alaska’s Prehistoric Megafauna”

R.I.P “Dart Raven” (or, why the Migratory Bird Act still matters)

Hello readers, Over the past few months, downtown Juneau has hosted a peculiar specimen of animal cruelty: an adult raven with a blow dart in its head, still alive. Efforts to catch the raven and remove the dart have failed, as it has (understandably) avoided capture. In the interest of the bird’s health, and toContinue reading “R.I.P “Dart Raven” (or, why the Migratory Bird Act still matters)”

Patsy Ann: Juneau’s Canine Mascot and Greeter of Boats

Hello all, It’s that time of year again!¬†This week marks the start of cruise ship season in Alaska. Get used to seeing massive cruise ships in docks and harbors all along the Alaska coastline! Juneau saw its first ship this past Sunday, April 28, and we’re ready to greet more tourists and show the worldContinue reading “Patsy Ann: Juneau’s Canine Mascot and Greeter of Boats”

Earth Day: Remembering the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Hello readers, This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, an environmental catastrophe that devastated the Prince William Sound. In honor of Earth Day, it’s fitting to look at news coverage of the spill that impacted the lives of countless Alaskans. Another oil spill prompted the very first Earth Day. InContinue reading “Earth Day: Remembering the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill”

Mush! A Look at Sled Dog Racing in Alaska’s Historical Newspapers

Greetings, all! Yesterday, musher Pete Kaiser¬†of Bethel, Alaska won the 2019 Iditarod, with his dog team reaching Nome in 9 days, 12 hours, 39 minutes and 6 seconds. This was his 10th attempt, and is the 5th Alaska Native and very first Yupik musher to win the Iditarod, with last year’s winner, Norwegian musher JoarContinue reading “Mush! A Look at Sled Dog Racing in Alaska’s Historical Newspapers”

Groundhog Day

February 2 marks Groundhog Day. While a relatively small population of groundhogs or woodchucks live in the Interior of Alaska, their relative the marmot is a more common resident. Alaska marmots (Marmota broweri), hoary marmots (Marmota caligata), and woodchucks/groundhogs (Marmota monax) all belong to the squirrel family. Alaska sees its fair share of hoary marmotsContinue reading “Groundhog Day”