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 By Pam Randles    News    July 24, 2014

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A friend is calling this year the drama queen year. Record snowfalls in December. Near-record rainfall in June. Extremely warm temperatures in...

 By Pam Randles    News    May 1, 2014

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The annual herring run in Mud Bay started in earnest Sunday, with residents using canoes, driftnets and throw nets to haul in buckets full of the...

 By Pam Randles    News    April 3, 2014

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We have oodles of signs of spring in Haines. The daylight returns, the temperatures warm and, boom, the birds arrive, the bears come out, and the...

 By Pam Randles    News    January 30, 2014

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What does January’s unusually warm weather mean for our critters? It appears to be a mixed bag. According to Fish and Game biologist Ryan Scott,...

 By Pam Randles    News    November 21, 2013

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Tod Sebens and Nicholas Szatkowski have seen large numbers of humpback whales congregating. Tod saw about 100 near Cape Fanshaw, and Nicholas saw a...

 By Pam Randles    News    October 3, 2013

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The autumnal equinox has just passed and the days are getting shorter. Flocks of summer birds are moving south now with their young ones. Skye Posey...

 By Pam Randles    News    August 1, 2013

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Curiouser and curiouser. There have been a number of unusual sightings this summer. Eric Holle and Katey Palmer were kayaking near Kuiu Island when t...

 By Pam Randles    News    July 5, 2013

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Last week’s spectacular thunderstorm was another exciting weather event in a season that has seen fires, floods, landslides and volcanic eruptions a...

 By Pam Randles    News    May 23, 2013

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The first wave of summer visitors arrived, and not only on cruise ships or in RVs. Dottie the whale was spotted and photographed in Lutak Inlet by...

 By Pam Randles    News    April 25, 2013

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Spring has sprung, indeed. Hundreds of ducks and geese are headed up the Chilkat River to their breeding grounds. Hundreds of pine siskins and... Full story

 By Pam Randles    News    April 4, 2013

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There have been several recent sightings of “charismatic megafauna,” the name some give to the big, exciting mammals we all love to see.  On... Full story

 By Pam Randles    News    February 28, 2013

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So far, 2013 has been an unusual year for wildlife. Some of the players are missing and others are acting like it is spring in February. Annie...

 By Pam Randles    News    January 17, 2013

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This seems like a quiet time of year for wildlife viewing. Many of the summer animals have gone elsewhere or hibernated. There’s still quite a bit...

 By Pam Randles    News    November 22, 2012

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It’s eagle month. November is the time when we see the greatest number of eagles visiting the Chilkat Valley. And there can be some surprising...

 By Pam Randles    News    October 18, 2012

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By Pam Randles Noble Anderson saw four sea otters swimming in Portage Cove. Usually we see river otters in our waters foraging for starry flounder...

 By Pam Randles    News    August 16, 2012

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Tom Ganner, Don Chase and Jedediah Blum-Evits have noticed black-billed magpies along Haines Highway at 10 Mile and 22 Mile. Are they moving back int...

 By Pam Randles    News    July 26, 2012

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The worst of their hatch has passed, but have you ever wondered what good are mosquitoes? They do fit into the food webs. Many fish, birds, bats,...

 By Pam Randles    News    June 28, 2012

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Summers, even cold ones, are an active time for animals in the northern hemisphere. It is the time most of them reproduce. For some mammals, it’s...

 By Pam Randles    News    April 26, 2012

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By Pam Randles Despite the record snowfall, spring has arrived on time as measured by the arrival of bird and mammal species and emergence of...

 By Pam Randles    News    April 5, 2012

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By Pam Randles Birds are arriving for spring. Pigeon guillemots and surf scoters have come from the open ocean to breed. The guillemots, with their...

 By Pam Randles    News    February 6, 2012

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We have heard the words “winter storm warning” a great deal this winter. NOAA says that means a storm that “could pose a threat to life and prop...


Weather station vandalized

Someone vandalized the school weather station over the weekend. The station was broken to splinters; thermometers broken and leads pulled out; rain...

 By Pam Randles    News    November 10, 2011

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Takshanuk Watershed Council counted 1,264 birds from the ground Oct. 24, the highest number tallied this season. That puts the size of this...

 By Pam Randles    News    September 22, 2011

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It’s fall. Leaves are beginning to turn. Nights are getting colder. Conventional wisdom says we won’t get snow until Hallow...

 By Pam Randles    News    August 4, 2011

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It is high summer now. Many young birds have fledged and are bulking up for the trip south. Berries and fruits are appearing on the plants. Fish...


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