Outdoors

A wildlife viewing tower is under construction at the Reflections Lake in the Palmer Hay Flats Game Refuge off of the Glenn Highway south of Palmer.

Bob Hallinen
Traveling, whether for work or play, throws my normal sleep, eating and exercise schedule for a loop. On the one hand, it’s healthy because variety is important. However, I have also found myself seriously off track while on the road, returning home to Alaska sick.Alli Harvey
April is one of the best months to be outdoors in Alaska.  Forty degrees in April feels like 70 in September. Get out on the lakes and catch a fish. Go for a drive and see which birds are arriving.   Drive to Arctic Man and watch the snowmobilers go nuts.John Schandelmeier
A new 30-foot viewing tower going up along Reflections Lake in Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge marks the end of a seven-year transition from "Rambo Rest Stop" to recreation destination.Zaz Hollander
The Murie Science and Learning Center at Mile 1.3 is open daily 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., offering visitor information and backcountry permits. Alaska Dispatch News
After a hiking party heard a man's cries for help near Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, a search effort was sparked, though searchers were unable to find anyone.Megan Edge
Big game tags, king salmon and duck stamps and commercial crewmember licenses are also available online this year, for the first time ever.Alaska Dispatch News
After a visitor tried to bring a pet goat into Denali National Park and Preserve, the National Park Service proposed a ban on domestic sheep, goats, llamas and alpacas in Alaska's national parks. Megan Edge

With Southcentral Alaska’s snow-sparse winter coming to a close, volunteers and skiers at Arctic Valley made the most of what little snow they had to celebrate the 11th annual Merry Marmot Festival.

Loren Holmes
A video shows a grizzly bear at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Montana, basically beating the snot out of an Esky cooler, but the bear can't get it open. Alaska Dispatch News