Outdoors

Big four-day festivals in Cordova and Homer are timed to catch millions of birds pausing during their flights north to refuel before heading to their breeding grounds in western Alaska. 

Mike Campbell
I discovered recently that even when I have too many things to juggle that prevent me from enjoying spring fever, a quaint outdoorsy shot in the arm is ye olde-fashioned picnic. Even, or maybe especially, on a weeknight this is a fun and easy way to be outdoors.Alli Harvey
Low snow conditions almost everywhere, except Denali Highway country, made winter easier than normal. Nelchina caribou travel far between their summer range in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains and their winter habitat near the Canadian border.  John Schandelmeier
Shuttle buses will begin providing access as far as west as the Toklat River at mile 53 of the 92-mile park road on May 20, weather and road conditions permitting. Buses to the Eielson Visitor Center are scheduled to begin running June 1, and the span of the road is expected to be open June 8.Associated Press

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 17-year-old Anchorage girl pleaded guilty Monday to criminally negligent homicide and DUI in the death of well-known Anchorage cyclist Jeff Dusenbury last summer.Michelle Theriault Boots