Northwest crow (Corvus caurinus) pair nesting in Anchorage, possibly north of range.
Late freeze on the Lower Kuskokwim produced ice conditions unsafe for travel in November.
Thousands of smelts were found dead during low tide in the Togiak slough. Is there an environmental cause?
Ice conditions on the Yukon have changed since the 1980's. Now, open water is more common in spots along the river, which impacts winter travel.
This was the warmest autumn on record for western Alaska. Local observer comments on how lack of sea ice is effecting fish and bird behavior.
Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) seen in the north during typical nesting season.
The skin lesion in the photo is likely caused by a stress-related bacterial infection – possibly trauma initiated. Probably common opportunistic bacteria in the environment such as motile Pseudomonas/Aeromonas Gram-negative organisms.
Odd time of year for seals to be eating herring.
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) sighted far north of its usual tropical habitat.
Ringed seal (Phoca hispida) found with jelly-like meat texture and thin skin near the armpit and ribcage.
Gray Catbird found northwest of its normal range.
Dead sea otter (Enhydra lutris) found on the beach with no obvious sign of injury although it did show signs of hair loss.
Large egg case found on beach, perhaps belonging to a Big Skate (Raja binoculata)
Sea Nettle (Chrysaora melanaster) jellyfish washed up on the beach.
Sea Star (Pisaster ochraceus) appears sick but is actually healthy.
Squid are becoming more common on the shoreline over the past few years.
During fall time, we only hand pick when the blackberries turn brown. As I was picking I saw this wild iris, like it bloomed just a few days ago. I was very awed to see this flower in October.