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In springtime, we are aware of every subtle shift in bud size amongst the birch or the first flight of the mosquito. Spring is also the time when the fish begin to run. A traditional tale from the Kenaitze Tribe tells of a man listening for the song of a bird. “Tsik’ezlagh” sang the bird, a Go...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 8:47am

Earlier this week, I heard some guy in a local radio station commercial say, "You're not a real Alaskan if you're not grilling outside by now." By now? No real Alaskan would ever stop grilling outside just because there's a little snow and ice on the ground. Anyone worthy of the title has been grill...

Fri, 04/13/2012 - 8:09am

Have you ever heard silence? I mean real silence, not just the peacefulness found by leaving town and walking into the woods for a bit, but the actual empty sound of silence. A lack of noise that makes your ears ring, your heart beat more noticeably and seems to freeze your entire surroundings. The ...

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 8:18am

If we thought yesterday was the penguin day, this day was 100 times better. Cabo Dos Bahias is definitely the place to go to see penguins in Argentina.

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 8:12am

In the late 1970s, landowners along the Kenai were outraged when told by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they could no longer dump fill on their wetlands. In the 1980s, many boaters were more than a little bit peeved when the state placed a 35-horsepower limit on the Kenai, forcing them to buy...

Fri, 04/06/2012 - 8:04am

During a hot July day in 2002, Mari Reeves, a biologist with the Anchorage Field Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was poking around the Swanson River Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Reeves was just starting a multi-year investigation of structural abnormalities in our ubiqui...

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 8:10am

Why fish won’t bite is one of the great mysteries of fishing. It’s been attributed to everything from circadian rhythm to karma. To make the puzzle even more exasperating, each species has its own feeding preferences. Understanding fish is on a par with understanding women. Many times, I’ve se...

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 8:01am

Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also has written a series of "Peril" columns about Australia, Asia, and Central America. Her perils continue in Argentina and Chile. Argentina is ...

Fri, 03/30/2012 - 7:57am

Editor's note: Polly Crawford was a reporter and associate editor of The Peninsula Clarion from 1985-1988, when she wrote "Perils of Polly." She also has written a series of "Peril" columns about Australia, Asia, and Central America. Her perils continue in Argentina and Chile. Our second da...

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 8:17am

The Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is an early-winter continental bird census where volunteers count and identify all birds they observe within a 15-mile diameter count circle, on one day, between December 14 and January 5. Annually, there are approximately 60,000 participants counting in over 2,000 cir...

Fri, 03/23/2012 - 8:10am

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