Outdoors

When newborn animals are declared abandoned by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, they sometimes end up at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage. Then, says caretaker Sarah Howard, "we become mom." Michelle Theriault Boots
Smelt hit Bethel on Memorial Day -- right on time.Lisa Demer
A rapid and aggressive response to the start of Alaska wildfire season has keep burned acreage to a minimum despite persistent hot and dry weather that has keep underbrush from turning green in much of the state.Dan Joling
The second phase of a three-part facelift for Anchorage’s Lanie Fleischer Chester Creek Trail will start Tuesday, shutting down roughly 1 mile of the popular trail between the Seward Highway and Lake Otis Parkway.Tegan Hanlon
At the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival in Homer, bird calls, songs, quacks and caws competed in a beer-lubricated, fun-loving competition. Nancy Lord

The intention of Seeking the Source is to collect a history of the trail and the neighborhoods that surround it. Eight artists have converged to contribute in their own ways to mapping the trail.

Tara Young
Here's some ways to get your kids outdoors in the coming days.Alaska Dispatch News
Over Memorial Day weekend last year, thousands watched nervously as the Funny River Fire burned its way through the Kenai Peninsula. Though the human impacts were ultimately minimal, emergency responders say they learned plenty of lessons about modern-day disaster response.Megan Edge

Thanks to a grant from Explore.org as well as other private donations, the once-popular Round Island “walrus cam” is back online after losing funding nearly a decade ago. 

Alaska Dispatch News

Anchorage filmmaker Kris Swanson headed to Byron Glacier with a friend looking for exposed ice to climb. Since they couldn't find any safe areas for ice climbing, Swanson decided to document the surroundings with his drone.

Alaska Dispatch News