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Outside in 2013

...visitor - the first Rufous-Anna's juvenile hybrid, which was spotted by local Gus van Vleet and reported upon by Wildlife Spy Columnist Beth Peluso. U.S. Forest Service Wildlife Technician Baluss said these earlier records of Anna's hummingbirds...
Wildlife Spy: An invasion of tiny proportions

...this year, there were sightings of these little wanderers in Juneau in April and in Ketchikan in May. It makes this wildlife spy wonder where they came from and what they're looking for. Anna's seem to include a high number of insects as part...
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.
Murrelets: Mystery in plain sight

This wildlife spy stowed away on a Southeast Alaska cruise around Admiralty Island under...similar to its more numerous marbled murrelet cousin, but an attentive wildlife spy can distinguish the differences.The first clue is habitat. Kittlitz's...
Digging into Fall

As fall settles in, this wildlife spy wonders about animals who dig in for the season - or all winter. People aren't the only creatures who adjust their surroundings...
Wildlife spy: Sharing the forest with grouse

I was hiking up a ridge near Dan Moller cabin with a friend late one fall.
Wildlife spy: Finch today, gone tomorrow

I filled my bird feeders and hung them, looking forward to the cheerful chatter of birds during winter. The next day, a chickadee or two showed up, but nothing else. A few more days went by, nothing.
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...
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...


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