September 5th, 2009
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (AWCC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Alaska’s wildlife through public education. AWCC takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round and provides spacious enclosures and quality animal care. Animals that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center. AWCC encourages you to visit the center with your walking shoes and camera in hand for an educational Alaskan experience to remember. More here
July 22nd, 2009
Every year millions of salmon arrive from the Bering Sea into the lakes and streams of Katmai National Park. These fish provide a food source for the world’s largest population of brown bears.This is a great place for observing one of the world’s great wildlife spectacles. Brooks Falls is only a short walk from Katmailand’s Brooks Lodge. As many as fifty bears can be watched fishing along the short stretch of Brooks River during the peak of the salmon season. Note Driving to Brooks Lodge is not possible as there are no roads and the lodge is only accessible by air only.
July 22nd, 2009
The Guardian has put together this very useful list of the best national parks in the US.
- Best wilderness park: Katmai and Kenai Fjords National Parks, Alaska (watch grizzly bears gathered as thousands of salmon from the Bering Sea swim upstream to spawn)
- Best adventure park: Rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon
- Best-kept secret park: Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park, Maine
- Best park for cycling on two wheels: New River Gorge National Park, West Virginia
- Best off the beaten track park Back-country hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
- Best wildlife parks: Yellowstone Park( Despite the numbers, “when you get haunted by the howl of the wolf pack and the grizzly is ambling by, you’ll appreciate it’s the best”), Montana/Wyoming in summer, and Everglades, Florida, in winter
July 19th, 2009
Kayak trip in Ketchikan, Alaska for people looking for a true wilderness experience.
“All around, mountains rise out of the ocean and the rainforest presses right down to the shoreline. Several Bald Eagle nesting sites are active here. Along the shore we often can see river otters, bear and Sitka Black Tail Deer. The water provides seals, sea lions, Dall’s porpoise, Orcas and Humpback whales. On occasion we see Minke whales. Sea birds are numerous and Cormorants dry off their wings on the rocks around us. The inter tidal marine life visible at low tide or underneath the kayaks in the clear water offers a colorful display of starfish, sun stars and sea cucumbers” Ketchikan Tours