Last Blog From Alaska

Today is the final day of my internship in Alaska. Although my heart is breaking to leave such a wonderful world of great people and extraordinary wildlife, I must continue my journey into a new world of adventure--Klamath Falls, Oregon. The experience I've had as just a...

Salmon Anyone?

When I was told that I was going to Sitka, I wondered exactly what the wildlife department on that island had in mind. Never did I think that I would be traveling to a salmon paradise and actually have hands-on work with giant Sockeyes, Cohos, Chums,...

Live Action of What Nature Does Best

[video width="1920" height="1080" mp4="http://www.avesblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Y.mp4"][/video] My heart nearly stopped when I saw this beautiful amazing black bear fishing right next to us, catching fish as if they purposely swam into its mouth. I first spotted this bear only ten yards away from me, both of us making...

What Does a Timber Tech Do?

What does a timber tech do? Eat Dungeness crabs and look at different trees on high mountains and cliffs. That sounds simple and a great way to work, but it is in fact super hard. This week I went out with the timber tech to...

Definitely Not Smokey or Yogi Bear

Fifty yards: that’s how far the black bear was from the stream full of salmon to the field team I was with at Shrimp Bay. Seeing bears from a distance walking away is amazing, but to have one walking towards you not knowing you were...

When A Spruce Grouse Bathes, He Bathes

If you are a small bird and hear a giant roar of an unknown animal coming your way, you would think “Uh-oh, I need to hide fast!”  The Spruce Grouse mother and her six chicks did exactly what you'd expect when we approached in a...

Goodbye Juneau and Hello Ketchikan!

This was my final week stationed in Juneau, and I was off to Petersburg for a few days doing habitat work before I took off to Ketchikan. The past month and a half I have traveled to so many places in such a short amount...