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Wildlife Spy: Romance in the bird world

...someone for the long haul. It takes effort to maintain a long relationship, and birds are no exception.An observant wildlife spy will notice the species above are all large birds. They also tend to be long-lived. Staying with the same partner...
Wildlife Spy: A gathering of cranes

In a last, sunny blast of summer, this wildlife spy enjoyed the spectacle of sandhill cranes at the Tanana Valley Crane Festival at Creamer's Field State Migratory Waterfowl Refuge...
Wildlife Spy: The scream you can't hear

The air is full of screams ... you just can't hear them. From spring through early fall, bats fly over Southeast Alaska, using high-pitched sounds to track down their insect prey.
Wildlife spy: Mysteries of the deep: Do you know where your halibut has been?

We're heading out into Prince William Sound on a new adventure for this Wildlife Spy - searching for Pacific halibut. The boat is the Tango out of Valdez, a charter run by Mike and Patty Wing. They've been plying...
Wildlife Spy: Signs of spring creep into Seward

The last weekend in February, I joined an intrepid group from the Anchorage Audubon Society on a mission to go birding in Seward, despite a blizzard warning. The high-profile targets were two Eurasian species that had wandered far off course.
Wildlife Spy: Flight of the Western Sandpiper

Spring brings bird festivals in Alaska, and this May, I slipped into the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, in Homer, to check out the returning birds.
Winter life underfoot

...a meal. The only traces the owl leaves behind for a wildlife spy to find are a hole in the snow surrounded by feather...Muir Glacier in Glacier Bay in 1887. Unfortunately for wildlife spies in Juneau, they haven't been found on the Mendenhall...
Timing the migration

...trick of wind, weather, timing and physics may be just the edge a bird needs to survive. Knowing these tricks gives a wildlife spy a better chance of catching the spectacle. Beth Peluso is a freelance writer, illustrator, and avid birder. She...
Strife in the puddles

Wildlife spies often use binoculars to see animals far away, but along the shoreline, the most action is up close - in tidepools. And, the...
Successful animal viewing may depend on laundry soap

...wildlife viewing, binoculars and spotting scopes, allow you to scrutinize wildlife from a distance. But sometimes a wildlife spy needs to blend in. It helps to understand how various animals see, because some animals literally see the world very...


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