Wolf and bear, respecting each other's space and place in the wild ecosystem of Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. Play by play commentary: A wolf emerges from the creekside willows to follow and charge a grizzly bear passing by, down the creek. When the bear spins around, the wolf jumps back and both animals stand their ground, showing their bodies broadside, as to size each other up. They both seem to respect each other and after a few seconds, the wolf turns away as if the message had been delivered that the bear best not return to its area. The bear then turns and continues downstream, as the wolf slowly follows. But why did the wolf charge the bear? Maybe there are pups nearby, at their summer rendezvous site. Learn more on our website: go.nps.gov/wolf Video by @drewtrush, using a remote trail camera. #alaska#wolf#wolves#bear#publiclands#wild#wildlife#wildlifephotography#wilderness#wildernessculture#nature
Check out these super cool ice bubbles from @denalinps! "I took the following photos at the first lake from the south along the Triple Lakes Trail. At that time, the trail was snow free and temps were in the 0-10°F range. I didn't have thermometer on me, but could feel it get colder along the lake. My car read 4°F. The trail can be accessed roadside, along the Parks Highway, near the Nenana Bridge. The lakes are now covered with a dusting of snow, so the bubbles are hidden." Photos courtesy Kim Arthur #IceBubbles#winter#alaska
Ready for an Alaskan Adventure?! The National Park Service (NPS) Alaska National Parks Eastern Area Fire Management is hiring one assistant helicopter manager to work with our fire exclusive-use helicopter contract located in Fairbanks, AK.
Job Overview: We are seeking individuals that have diverse skill-sets and a sense of adventure. Working in an interdisciplinary environment, individuals will assist in the operations of Wildfire Management, Visitor and Resource Protection, and Re-source Management. The Individual selected will have the opportunity to work for Eastern Area Fire Management and will assist park staff in helicopter mission planning, review, and execution. They will also assist in the management of a fire exclusive-use helicopter and on occasion, support the helicopter operations of our inter-agency partners.
In Alaska, it's not just about the aurora - you can see so many stars on a clear night in the remote and dark Alaska National Parks skies that it can be challenging to pick out even the most conspicuous constellations (and even the Milky Way, barely recognizable in this video). But, yes, as some of the "Outside" [of Alaska] national parks have pointed out, the aurora can often "get in the way" of your stargazing, as shown in this -30°F winter timelapse over the National Wild and Scenic Charley River. If you haven't yet seen the #ParkStarWars challenge going on, follow the hashtag for more incredible photos and videos of dark night skies all across the @nationalparkservice. #FindYourPark#HalfTheParkIsAfterDark Point, set, match, @wrangellstenps. Timelapse & photo: #Stars and #aurora over a winter camp on the Charley River in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve. NPS/Josh Spice #Alaska#darksky#nightsky#publiclands#wildandscenic#rivers50
Lots of chatter about #nightskies goin on, so the northernmost National Park unit with FREE historic public use cabins has to remind everyone who's the top sled dog in the yard. While other parks may have the aurora glow on the distant horizon on special occasion, in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, you're almost guaranteed to get a sore neck on almost any clear night from watching the #auroraborealis dance, pulse, and ripple across the sky, from horizon to horizon. (We recommend you lay down to look straight up.) And remember, it's not just about the darkest night skies, but @alaskanps also has the summer Midnight Sun AND the longest hours of dark skies in winter! Come stay the night at any of the seven first come, first serve public use log cabins along the Yukon River and enjoy the amazing night skies filled with stars to the horizon, aurora borealis, and even the Milky Way. In summer, relive the timeless travel through the preserve by boat or canoe, and in winter, venture the same frozen river route by snowmachine or dogsled. Pictured here is our largest cabin, Slaven's Roadhouse, a two-story Gold Rush days roadhouse meant to accommodate large groups. There's free firewood provided, too. #WellLeaveTheLightsOnForYou 1st photo: NPS/Sean Tevebaugh, 2nd & 3rd photos: NPS/Josh Spice #ParkStarWars#ftw#topthat#bringiton#micdrop @yellowstonenps@deathvalleynps@badlandsnps@joshuatreenps@saguaronationalpark@wrangellstenps@kenaifjordsnps@nationalparkservice#publiclands#findyourpark#alaska#aurora#cabin#halftheparkisafterdark
Have you ever wondered what makes #fallcolors so brilliant? According to researchers at @harvard.forest, "The right weather during the autumn can promote more intense color production. The reds (#anthocyanins), which require sunlight for production, are enhanced by cold and sunny days. Rainy and windy weather during the autumn can knock leaves down prematurely thereby shortening the color display at its peak." Here in Alaska, we're grateful to experience these beautiful red hues for a few more days. Photo credit NPS / D. Khalsa #parkscience#ecology#alaska#findyourpark
As we leave #fallequinox behind and the night sky again becomes visible across #Alaska, incredible views of the #MilkyWay like this one at #LakeClarkNationalPark become a common sight on clear nights. Nighttime views and environments like this are among the critical park features the #NationalParkService protects. Night sky protection enhances qualities of solitude and undeveloped #wilderness character that animals depend on for survival, park visitors seek for connections, and many cultural-historical parks require for preservation. In this regard, a naturally dark night sky is more than a scenic canvas; it is part of a complex ecosystem that supports both natural and cultural resources. Do you have a favorite spot to view the night sky? What's your most memorable stargazing moment? Photo credit NPS / D. Khalsa #nightskies#darkskies#alaska#findyourpark