Yak Attack

On a late-evening drive to the Eagle River Nature Center one expects to see a moose or a bear—but never a yak.  The English word “yak” derives from the Tibetan “gyag,” (which actually refers to the male of the species), and the females are called “naks.” So, a male and female twosome might be called a…

Bearing Pizza

The day melted away, and evening gloom had swallowed all shadows. I sat in our breakfast nook finishing off a late-evening plate of stroganoff when a dark shape a few feet away stole my attention. I dropped my fork when I realized it was a black bear just outside our window. A little scraggly, this…

Arctic Mystery

  An Inupiat Eskimo grocery list certainly differs from most people’s. Residents of Kivalina, Alaska, eat bowhead whale, caribou, walrus, bearded seal, and a variety of fish. The village of Kivalina is built upon a barrier reef island, 625 miles northwest of Anchorage, 120 miles above the Arctic Circle. Their drinking water is pumped one…