Some AK Wildlife
I caught this big moose
trees beside the road near Harwood Hall, UAF in Spring, 2001. There are
no leaves on the trees yet, but that's OK to this moose, since she eats
the softer branches too (in fact I think 'moose' comes from an
word meaning 'twig eater').
Here she is clearly getting upset about the fact
I have stopped my car just a few feet from her and clicked away with my
camera while she is just trying to have a quiet spot to eat . . .
A moose-let and the back-end of its' mother moose near
the MBS dorms, UAF.
Here's a better look at
them; I got these pictures of
these two in October 2002. It can
be very dangerous to approach or walk between them!
Just in case it seems
like moose are all there are
around here, here's a Ptarmigan on Ester Dome wearing its' summer
I can't see her . . .
Here're 3 pictures of
Canada Geese, who stop over at
Creamer's Field, Fairbanks, AK on the way to and from the Arctic coast.
These guys are heading south, Fall 2005.
These ones, paddling
around a pond of meltwater,
are heading back north in the spring of 2006.
Creamer's field is a huge
field named for the
ex-farm it's a part of. It is kept as a refuge, primarily for
migratory birds. It is located several miles from the airport for
obvious reasons. They have gotten pretty used to people coming to look
at them, so you can get pretty close.
Sandhill cranes are
another numerous seasonal
visitor. They have a very distinctive call, almost like a
All the sitting birds are Canada geese; the gangly ones are cranes.
There're zillions of these little
guys (arctic ground squirrels) on the North
Slope, the Brooks Range etc.
These next 3 pictures
don't actually have any animals in them, but
they show that apparently Fairbanks -area beavers do not like flatbed
truck trailers...for some reason.
Here you can see that this
pretty big birch was cut
by beavers (see inset) and dropped straight onto someone's trailer.
Maybe they didn't like how close it was to their
lodge (center of picture).
Here are a wolf and red fox at Denali
Park. Nice puppies....
Wildlife near my house
A Boreal Owl (I