Ernest Manewal captured this image of a mountain biker reflected in a tide pool at Sitka National Historical Park, for the photo contest-plus-exhibit Sitkans in Action, which runs through the end of October at the park Visitor Center. There was a tie for second place: Ryan Carpenter’s “Sunset from Totem Trail” and Harriet McClain’s “Walk in the Park 1.” And while the park is a beautiful place to catch a sunset(on the rare autumn day when we see the sun!), it’s a less-than-ideal place to ride. Biking is off-limits on trails, says ranger Becky Latanich, and discouraged on beaches.
Tide pool at sunset
A species of fern common in Asia has been found in Southeast Alaska. But unlike invasive species, Wright’s filmy fern is an early colonizer. And figuring out how and when it got here is the next piece of the puzzle. more
Rob Harcourt is a professor of Marine Ecology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia. He's in Sitka as a Scientist in Residency Fellow (SIRF) at the Sitka Sound Science Center. Harcourt uses advanced tagging techniques to study ocean animals and their habitat -- everything from jellyfish to blue whales. He'll be speaking tonight (6PM Wed Apr 22, Alaska Raptor Rehabilitation Center, free) on climate change and penquins: "Will Happy Feet feel the heat?" With SSS research director Tory O'Connell. Downloadable audio. more