Changing Seasons

When spring came to Cordova, there were Varied Thrushes whistling like flutes in the trees, Steller's Jays squawking harshly, Dusky Geese and Trumpeter Swans honking at Eyak Lake, and of course, large flocks of sandpipers and dunlins whirring past on the mud flats of Hartney Bay. ...

Searching for the Elusive Mist-Maiden

One of my favorite parts about this internship is getting to learn about the different facets of the Cordova Forest Service Station.  Apart from Wildlife projects, I sometimes get to lend a hand on projects with other crews.  The most recent project I've joined was...

Attack of the Slugs: Alaska’s Worst Nightmare

[caption id="attachment_8033" align="aligncenter" width="208"] I had no idea that conducting transect studies of the European Black Slug could be so deadly. The slugs even have sharp little fangs. "Slugs-film-poster" by Source. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia[/caption] The real European Black Slug, however, is not as frightening....

Chugach Children’s Forest

When I was told I'd be helping lead a Chugach Children's Forest expedition of high school students into the wilderness, I was more than a little nervous, to be honest.  I hadn't really been around kids that age, since I was a kid that age, and I...

A Guide to Copper River Eating

As soon as winter ended, I heard talk of people beginning to head for the trails to pick fiddleheads.  Fiddleheads are curious-looking ferns, but it was fun to go out and look for them.  One of my friends made a fiddlehead pesto that sounded delicious. ...

For The Birds

I've been to a couple festivals in California that were big, city-wide productions put on by big name companies and universities. Those were fun, but the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival in Cordova was really unique and inspiring to me because it was the first...

Nest Island Monitoring

The mission: Reach every nest island and record its state and usage Equipment: kayak or poke boat paddles PFD waders, gloves and boots map, radio, data sheets, compass and GPS lunch and water bottle Obstacles: Terrain - lily ponds, sphagnum, tree lines, beaver dams Wildlife Aquatic - leeches Terrestrial - horseflies, mosquitos, noseeums, bears, moose, mew gulls Monitoring...

Brown Bears in the Sound

"Want to go see some bears?" My coworker, Milo Burcham, asked us. "Yeah!" Danielle and I were ready to go. When I first got to Cordova, I thought that a bear was the one animal I could deal with NOT seeing.  I was terrified of coming across...