Monday Mantra: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou Denali National Park and Preserve Photo ~jek

Monday Mantra: “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou

 Denali National Park and Preserve Photo ~jek

Tags: mantra bird

Let’s celebrate the northern lights!
If your not far enough north to catch a glimpse this week (viewing probability is high), then we’ll repost what we see coming in from our parks! In the meantime, here are a few links sent to me from “aurora chasers” across Alaska and even one from Oregon. Enjoy!  Thanks Jan, Marla, Jay, Joanne, and Tom for the tips. ~jek
To learn more about what the Aurora Borealis:
http://alaskacenters.gov/aurora.cfm
To see them live via webcam:
http://allsky.gi.alaska.edu
Our Canadian neighbors have a cool resource:
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronomy/auroramax/
A really cool time-lapse video from Yukon-Charely Rivers National Preserve:
http://www.nps.gov/yuch/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm
Lights in Motion by Denali National Park and Preserve:
http://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C8211964-1DD8-B71C-07FE9335CB67A66D
 Photo: The Milky Way and the Northern Lights dwarfed Thoroughfare Mountain in a grand display in Denali National Park. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit.

Let’s celebrate the northern lights!

If your not far enough north to catch a glimpse this week (viewing probability is high), then we’ll repost what we see coming in from our parks! In the meantime, here are a few links sent to me from “aurora chasers” across Alaska and even one from Oregon. Enjoy!  Thanks Jan, Marla, Jay, Joanne, and Tom for the tips. ~jek

To learn more about what the Aurora Borealis:

http://alaskacenters.gov/aurora.cfm

To see them live via webcam:

http://allsky.gi.alaska.edu

Our Canadian neighbors have a cool resource:

http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/astronomy/auroramax/

A really cool time-lapse video from Yukon-Charely Rivers National Preserve:

http://www.nps.gov/yuch/photosmultimedia/multimedia.htm

Lights in Motion by Denali National Park and Preserve:

http://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=C8211964-1DD8-B71C-07FE9335CB67A66D

 Photo: The Milky Way and the Northern Lights dwarfed Thoroughfare Mountain in a grand display in Denali National Park. Photo by Daniel A. Leifheit.


Video of the Week - Dalton Dalton Discoveries: Smith’s Longspur
Alaska’s Arctic is home to some of the most important wild lands on the continent, where many species of concern can be found. One of these animals and indicators of overall health of the ecosystem is the Smith’s Longspur, a small and elusive songbird whose nesting grounds are in the high, treeless Arctic. Observations of these birds help land manager make decisions that affect the refuge, give us clues as to future impacts of climate change, and contribute to our understanding of the Arctic.~jek
http://bit.ly/1mS5gle
Dalton HWY Discoveries. We’ll be sharing these with you over the next several weeks. The rest of the series can be viewed at: http://www.alaskacenters.gov/dalton.cfm
Watch all 24 audio-described videos on our accessible playlist at: http://goo.gl/1KcBDN

Video of the Week - Dalton Dalton Discoveries: Smith’s Longspur

Alaska’s Arctic is home to some of the most important wild lands on the continent, where many species of concern can be found. One of these animals and indicators of overall health of the ecosystem is the Smith’s Longspur, a small and elusive songbird whose nesting grounds are in the high, treeless Arctic. Observations of these birds help land manager make decisions that affect the refuge, give us clues as to future impacts of climate change, and contribute to our understanding of the Arctic.~jek

http://bit.ly/1mS5gle

Dalton HWY Discoveries. We’ll be sharing these with you over the next several weeks. The rest of the series can be viewed at: http://www.alaskacenters.gov/dalton.cfm

Watch all 24 audio-described videos on our accessible playlist at: http://goo.gl/1KcBDN

Monday Mantra: “Land really is the best art.” – Andy WarholSmoke from the 2013 Toklat River East fire blends with clouds and Mt. McKinley in a beautiful display of nature, Denali National Park and Preserve. NPS Photo/Yasunori Matsui ~MW

Monday Mantra: “Land really is the best art.” – Andy Warhol

Smoke from the 2013 Toklat River East fire blends with clouds and Mt. McKinley in a beautiful display of nature, Denali National Park and Preserve. NPS Photo/Yasunori Matsui ~MW


Want to learn more about the proposed hunting regulations for National Preserves in Alaska? Want to provide comments? ~jek
Visit: http://1.usa.gov/1r8siCZ
Photo: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve – Sue Masica

Want to learn more about the proposed hunting regulations for National Preserves in Alaska? Want to provide comments? ~jek

Visit: http://1.usa.gov/1r8siCZ

Photo: Lake Clark National Park and Preserve – Sue Masica

Tags: wildlife

NPS-Alaska Proposes Hunting Regulations for National Preserves
The National Park Service is proposing a permanent federal prohibition on three historically illegal predator hunting practices in Alaska’s national preserves.
The proposals would prohibit sport hunters from hunting wolf and coyote pups and adults in early summer when they den and their pelts have little commercial value; prohibit the taking of brown bears over bait; prohibit the use of artificial light to take black bear cubs and sows with cubs at dens; and other changes.~jek
A wolf in Denali National Park and Preserve.NPS Photo/Tim Rains
http://1.usa.gov/1uBbFTF

NPS-Alaska Proposes Hunting Regulations for National Preserves

The National Park Service is proposing a permanent federal prohibition on three historically illegal predator hunting practices in Alaska’s national preserves.

The proposals would prohibit sport hunters from hunting wolf and coyote pups and adults in early summer when they den and their pelts have little commercial value; prohibit the taking of brown bears over bait; prohibit the use of artificial light to take black bear cubs and sows with cubs at dens; and other changes.~jek

A wolf in Denali National Park and Preserve.NPS Photo/Tim Rains

http://1.usa.gov/1uBbFTF

Tags: wildlife

Can’t get outside today? Experience wilderness virtually! Celebrate today – the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act – by seeing the wild places of Alaska! ~jek
http://bit.ly/1lIevqr
 

Can’t get outside today? Experience wilderness virtually!
Celebrate today – the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act – by seeing the wild places of Alaska! ~jek

http://bit.ly/1lIevqr

 

Tags: Wilderness50

A “Mountain of a Man”A Seward pioneer was honored Tuesday by the Kenai Mountains—Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area (www.kmtacorridor.org). LeRoy Vincent Ray was a Seward lawyer and mining investor, a three-time mayor, and Senate president in the first Alaska Legislature. The 4,911 foot L.V. Ray peak can be seen from the south Johnson Pass Trailhead near Moose Pass. About 20 people gathered there for the dedication of a new sign telling some of L.V. Ray’s story. The audience included Ray’s great-grandson and his family. The national heritage area, established in 2009, uses federal funds from the National Park Service and matches them with private and other non-federal donations to help recognize, preserve, and interpret the historic, scenic, cultural and recreational resources of the area. This week also marks the 30th anniversary of the national heritage area accomplishments around the country, #HeritageArea30

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm NHA recognizes Alaska pioneer L.V. Ray in Moose Pass project, www.kmtacorridor.org, #HeritageArea30

Check out this halo!

This phenomenal sun halo was photographed while kayaking Telaquana Lake in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve.

Halos like this one are caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in thin cirrus clouds within the Earth’s atmosphere

Did you know there’s a research facility on the top of the 14,163 foot tall Mt. Wrangell in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve?

The Geophysical Institute’s volcano research facility was established by the University of Alaska on Mt. Wrangell in 1953. It has become a world-class research facility studying the glaciovolcanic activity of Mt. Wrangell.

~sss