The joy of the fight

Terry Umatum of Anchorage takes a deep breath after landing his Anchor River king salmon on Saturday, May 19, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. The… Continue reading

The art of giving up

Years of practice and I’m finally ready to admit it — I’m great at giving up. In high school, my lacrosse team was tasked with… Continue reading

Why I like devil’s club

If your only interactions with devil’s club have involved needle-sharp prickles poking into your legs, arms or hands, then I can understand your disdain for… Continue reading

Out of the Office: Outdoor adventures with mom

“Why do you adults always talk so much?” Those were the disapproving words my kid sister launched at my mom the moment the latter arrived… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Underestimate a raven? Nevermore!

I recently had an opportunity to make a quick dash up the Alcan. It has been 25 years since I last drove it and I… Continue reading

Polar Connections: Exploring Antarctic ice, and why it matters

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of monthly columns called Polar Connections. The columns explore how the Arctic and Antarctic regions are… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Good birding etiquette isn’t for the birds

Spring is a rough time for migratory birds, particularly for arctic nesting shorebirds and waterfowl. They’re busy making their way ever north to get to… Continue reading

Out of the Office: Over, under

I learned how to wager an exacta, trifecta or across the board while sitting beside my grandfather at the horse track on sweltering Sunday afternoons.… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Ent-draughts and birch sap

In Lord of the Rings, the two hobbits, Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took, grow taller as their hair curls after downing a few Ent-draughts between… Continue reading

An Outdoor View: Getting along with bears

Author’s note: The Clarion first published this column on Aug. 11, 2006. It has been edited it for brevity. — LP I live in a… Continue reading

Getting ready for spring fever

It doesn’t take too many warm sunny days, coupled with almost three additional hours of daylight gained over the last month, for Spring Fever to… Continue reading

Out of the Office: Spring’s mantra

There is a Zen proverb that says, “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” The Kenai Peninsula is waking up,… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Making Kenai Refuge data discoverable through Arctos

In December, I started a project I had hoped would be over rather quickly. But to my surprise, I’m still enjoying it. After three months… Continue reading

An Outdoor View: Strange fishing indeed

For some reason, this column doesn’t seem as crazy now as it did when I wrote it for the Clarion in 2006. — LP “I… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: Goodbye snow

The longer days and sun warming my office have me thinking somewhat disappointingly about trading out my skis for my bike. I am one of… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: A partnership approach to protecting fish habitats

What is being done collaboratively to ensure the Kenai Peninsula’s aquatic habitat remains healthy for fish? The Kenai Peninsula hosts a number of non-profit organizations,… Continue reading

To everyone who made a great winter of recreation possible, thanks

A hike I did on the Carter Lake trail in mid-January is a perfect example of how we rely on others when we recreate outdoors… Continue reading

An Outdoor View: The fishing deal

Looking back at some of the crazy things I’ve done in the name of fishing in the past 75 years, I’m dumbfounded. As a wee… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: When the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers flowed backward

It must have been an alarming sight to see these two Kenai Peninsula rivers temporarily flow backward into the outlets of Kenai and Tustumena Lakes.… Continue reading

TEK: Another Way of Understanding Our Natural World

I had the privilege last week to participate in an interesting workshop hosted by Chugachmiut, an Alaska Native nonprofit agency that serves seven villages in… Continue reading