Hikers Brant Brantman and Brian McNitt (and dog Kel) watch work on the Blue Lake Dam project Wednesday afternoon (2-6-13) from the east side of the gorge. On the other side, a pair of trackhoes prepares a site for a construction crane. The $140-million project will raise the dam 83-feet. Brantman and McNitt report feeling a touch of vertigo just standing this close to the edge of the gorge. It’s a good thing the trackhoe drivers are sitting down!
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