After days of steady rain, Sitkans turned out under blue skies and fresh snow on the mountain tops to celebrate Alaska Day on Thursday. KCAW’s Anne Brice and Rebecca LaGuire teamed up to make this slideshow.
Commemorating the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States tops even the Fourth of July for holidays in Sitka. The festival schedule this year was almost three pages long.
But for most people, the Alaska Day Parade is the main event. This year, festival organizers honored the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Alaska Native Brotherhood as the theme.
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.