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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: 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...
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...
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: 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: 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...
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: 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.
Wildlife spy: Sharing the forest with grouse

I was hiking up a ridge near Dan Moller cabin with a friend late one fall.


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