The Mysterious Gray-headed Chickadee

Gray-headed Chickadee. Ever heard of one? If not, you aren’t alone. In fact, very few people, even among passionate birders and researchers, have ever seen one. It may be the rarest regularly breeding bird in North America, and it is almost certainly the least known. There has never been a dedicated study of the species, some years go by when…

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News! Tours and Workshops Website

Pardon the lack of natural history in this post, and the slice of shameless self-promotion, but I’ve just launched a new website and I’d love for you to have a look, and let me know what you think. The new site is dedicated to my guiding services and is your ticket to the best photography, natural history, and wilderness trips in Alaska.…

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Coyotes: The impacts of a new predator to Alaska

Driving into Fairbanks on Saturday morning, Amy and were passing along the experimental agricultural fields managed by the University of Alaska. From the window of the car, Amy spotted a Coyote walking through the snow near a pond of melt-water. Though I’ve seen their tracks along the trails, and even through my property north of town, I hadn’t laid eyes…

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Warm Winters, Not so Rare Anymore

I spent a few hours yesterday afternoon at the Arctic Science Summit. This big, international conference has close to 1000 participants made up of scientists and policy makers from across the arctic countries. I’ll be there again today, tweeting about the sessions, and hopefully reporting back some more here. Today, I was drawn to a talk about the weird weather of of…

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Caribou Antlers- A surprising tool for researchers

As I was going through some old emails this morning, I stumbled on a 2013 paper that had been forwarded to me, but I never got around to reading. Moments ago, I finished perusing it and found it pretty darn fascinating, with some interesting potential for the future. First a little background: The Porcupine Caribou Herd is currently the second…

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