The Northern Boreal Bird Nursery

2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

The Northern Boreal Bird Nursery By Ned Rozell Two-hundred miles straight north of my home in Fairbanks, I'm at the northern edge of a forest that carpets the continent all the way to Labrador. Here for a meteorite search with an astronomer, I have helicoptered into a place humming with life. This dark spot on [...]

The Northern Boreal Bird Nursery2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Denali plants more diverse up high

2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Denali plants more diverse up high By Ned Rozell When Carl Roland was hiking the high country in an Alaska national park not long ago, he thought the landscape looked different than any park in the Lower 48. The alpine zone seemed to be carpeted with more plant species than the much-larger forests and wetlands [...]

Denali plants more diverse up high2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Rocks from space in Alaska backcountry

2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Rocks from space in Alaska backcountry By Ned Rozell On February 26 at 1:06 p.m., someone in northern Alaska may have seen a torch of light in the cold daytime sky. On that afternoon, satellites detected a meteoric fireball headed toward Earth. An asteroid six feet in diameter penetrated the atmosphere at 13 miles per [...]

Rocks from space in Alaska backcountry2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Anatomy of the worst fire year

2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Anatomy of the worst fire year By Ned Rozell In a gorgeous warm May this year, we have not yet sniffed the bitter scent of flaming spruce. When we do, many of us will think back to a year that still haunts us. In summer 2004, a Vermont-sized patch of Alaska burned in wildfires. That [...]

Anatomy of the worst fire year2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Mosquito Season Starts In Alaska

2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Mosquito Season Starts In Alaska By Ned Rozell Sluggish mosquitoes, sprung from the leaves where they overwintered. Moths and butterflies flitting the fields and south-facing slopes. Beetles skittering along in pinstripe-grooved exoskeletons. One of the 17 trillion mosquitoes,Photo by Ned Rozell How many insects are stirring on the surface of Alaska? That's a [...]

Mosquito Season Starts In Alaska2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

An Oasis on the Seward Peninsula

2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

An Oasis on the Seward Peninsula By Ned Rozell On a recent ski trip across the Seward Peninsula, I followed a trail along the Pilgrim River broken by five friends. Their path led to a subarctic oasis. Beyond the blank white of frozen river was a small settlement nestled in balsam poplar trees 60 feet [...]

An Oasis on the Seward Peninsula2020-03-07T05:11:18-09:00

Serpentine Hot Springs and early Alaskans

2020-03-07T05:11:19-09:00

Serpentine Hot Springs and early Alaskans By Ned Rozell Skiing across the raw, open landscape of the Seward Peninsula a few weeks ago, my friends and I dreamed of getting out of a big wind and into the tub at Serpentine Hot Springs. Though none of us had been there, we all recognized the Serpentine [...]

Serpentine Hot Springs and early Alaskans2020-03-07T05:11:19-09:00

How did earthworms reach Alaska traveling 30 feet a year?

2020-03-07T05:11:19-09:00

How did earthworms reach Alaska traveling 30 feet a year? By Ned Rozell Under its own power, an earthworm gains about 30 feet of new territory each year. But that does not help explain how worms got to Alaska. "It's almost geologically slow," Matt Bowser, said of the earthworm’s locomotion. Bowser, Alaska's closest thing to [...]

How did earthworms reach Alaska traveling 30 feet a year?2020-03-07T05:11:19-09:00

Beaufort Sea Lake Drains Into the Sea

2020-03-07T05:11:19-09:00

Beaufort Sea Lake Drains Into the Sea By Ned Rozell If a lake drains on top of the world, will anyone hear it? Ben Jones and Chris Arp did. The Anchorage- and Fairbanks-based scientists placed sensors in a bathtub-shaped lake on Alaska's northern coast a few years ago. From what they can tell, the lake [...]

Beaufort Sea Lake Drains Into the Sea2020-03-07T05:11:19-09:00

Northern trails sponging up winter rainfall

2020-03-07T05:11:19-09:00

Northern trails sponging up winter rainfall By Ned Rozell As he contemplates another long snowmachine journey, Matthew Sturm might consider packing a raincoat. Rain fell in Interior Alaska a few weeks before his trip, glazing supercooled highways and forming a crust on the snowpack. "You remember all the jokes about how climate change is going [...]

Northern trails sponging up winter rainfall2020-03-07T05:11:19-09:00