Outdoors

The hike up Mount Baldy, outside of Eagle River, at the end of April was a bit muddy. The ground is still working out the winter's moisture.

Alaska Dispatch

Some 200 elementary school students descended on Westchester Lagoon in Anchorage on Thursday to explore the watershed and learn about the plants and animals that live there.

Loren Holmes
This is the only time of year when one can snowmobile, ski or run dogs in shirtsleeves. The mid-day temperatures, this weekend, were in the low 40s, higher in the sun. In spite of those temperatures, there are two weeks of useable snow left on the east end of the Denali Highway.John Schandelmeier
The most important tool you need to keep your momentum during the drive to your favorite trail head is a robust collection of wonderful tunes.Alli Harvey
Alaska State Troopers said a search for 33-year-old Matt Asturi, a Nevada man last seen canoeing on Upper Trail Lake last week, was suspended Monday night.Megan Edge
A seriously injured snowmachiner was rescued from mountainous terrain in Thompson Pass on Saturday by a backcountry heli-ski service helicopter and medics from the Valdez Fire Department.Alaska Dispatch News
From hiking, to riding a zipline to flightseeing to fishing for elusive steelhead or king salmon, it's not too early to start enjoying an Alaska spring and summer outdoors. Lisa Maloney
Winter activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fading in Denali National Park. But more animals – including Dall sheep, moose, caribou, coyote, lynx and golden eagles – have been spotted.Alaska Dispatch News

Since the late 1980s, the State of Alaska has acquired six once-private parcels in and adjacent to the Palmer Hay Flats State Game Refuge through purchases and donations. Several additional parcels were gained in trades with the Mat-Su Borough. A bill winding its way through the legislature seeks to add these parcels, totaling 3,000 acres, to the refuge.

Rick Sinnott
The return of millions of birds -- including white-fronted geese and snow geese, mallards and loons, sandhill cranes and tundra swans -- signals spring and the start of rural Alaska’s remarkable spring bird hunt.Lisa Demer