Tag Archives: wildlife

Going Troll-ing

Artwork by Ray Troll

It’s been a while since C-to-C shared some Ray Troll.


“Arctic Circle”

“Arctic Circle” print by R.T. Wallen, 1978

Salmonfest!

Ninilchik’s annual musical tribute to salmon starts on Friday the 5th and runs through the weekend. One of Alaska’s largest music festivals, Salmonfest is even worth the battle with the tourists down on The Kenai.


Enjoy your day…


Top Tourists?

The red-breasted sapsucker

A new tourism study released by the University of Alaska Fairbanks turned a few heads recently. The group of tourists that spend the most money and stay the longest in Alaska are birdwatchers. In fact, birders spend twice as much time in Alaska when they visit than the non-birders do. In 2016, birdwatchers spent over $300 million in Alaska.

The study probably shouldn’t have surprised as many people as it did. Alaska is a birdwatching mecca. Alaska is home to the largest concentration of shore birds in the world. There are some 530 species of birds that have been documented in Alaska, 55 of which are considered rare.

So, if you want to see a red-breasted sapsucker, I suggest the rainforest of Southeast Alaska. As for Fairbanks, we have a very active and vocal raven population.


A season in the life of a trail cam

Early September
Late September
Early November
Start of the Solstice Storm
A bit snowy
Winter Solstice afternoon
Evening on the Winter Solstice
Snow packed lens
Lens starting to break free of ice and snow
Late January visitor
February; The sun begins to return, and moose tracks

Dead battery….


Fluffy Cow Alert

A Public Service Announcement:

A warning from the National Park Service


“Bearfest” 2022

Wrangell, Alaska is hosting their annual Bearfest on July 27-31. It is a celebration of all things Bear. Everything from symposiums to art and photography workshops; as well as hikes and a marathon. Wrangell, Alaska is the place to be for all Bear Lovers. There will also be some salmon tasting, of course.

Wrangell is located in Southeast Alaska in the heart of the Tongass National Forest, and sits at the mouth of the Stikine River. The population of Wrangell Island was 2400 in 2000. Like the entire Southeast, Wrangell is a fishing paradise.

Wildlife in the Tongass include brown, black and the elusive glacier bear, as well as mountain goats, sitka black tailed deer, wolves and bald eagles. Orcas and humpback whales are often seen swimming the straits.

Alaska Airlines services Wrangell daily, weather permitting. The (mostly decimated) Alaska Marine Highway System also services Wrangell, at least in theory.


Music on Top of the World

It’s Chickenstock weekend!

Chickenstock, the uniquely Alaskan music festival, is being held this weekend in Chicken, Alaska.

Chicken, which is just a leisurely drive up the Taylor Highway, was founded in 1902 by a group of miners. Legend has it that the miners wanted to call the new community Ptarmigan, after the local bird population, but couldn’t agree on a spelling, so they settled on Chicken.

As of 2020, the population of Chicken was 12, which is up from the 2010 census of 7. That’s close to a 42% increase! The Forty Mile District is booming!

2022 is the 16th Chickenstock, with a break in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Get your cluck on!


World Oceans Day