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photosAlaska: Are ravens responsible for wolf packs? - People who study animal behavior think they may have found out why wolves hunt in packs-because ravens are such good scavengers.

Scientists who have watched wolves on Isle Royale in Lake Superior came up with the raven-wolf pack theory after puzzling over a question-why do wolves hunt in large groups when a single wolf is able take down a moose on its own?

To find a possible answer, John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson of Michigan Tech and Thomas Waite of Ohio State University examined 27 years of wolf observations on Isle Royale in northern Michigan. Isle Royale, 45 miles long and up to nine miles wide, sits in the northwest lobe of Lake Superior. Designated a national park, the island supports a population of a few dozen wolves and hundreds of moose. Peterson has studied the wolves for more than 30 years, and the group of researchers used his observations and those of his coworkers in the present study.

Peterson's team has seen a single wolf kill a moose 11 times, which weakens the notion that wolves hunt in packs because of the difficulty of killing a moose without help. Vucetich, Peterson and Waite used the years of data from the Isle Royale wolf study to calculate that-in terms of energy burned and meat gained-wolves would do best hunting in pairs.

A 1,000-pound moose is much more than two wolves can eat right away, and that's where the ravens come in. In a study published in Animal Behaviour, the scientists detailed these facts about ravens found by others: individual ravens can eat and carry away up to 4 pounds of food per day from a large carcass and ravens removed half of a 660-pound moose carcass from a kill site in the Yukon Territory. - Read more...
Saturday - June 12, 2004

Ketchikan Museums Acquires Terry Pyles Painting...

Ketchikan Museums Acquires Terry Pyles Painting
Rasmuson Foundation Program Officer Helen Howarth and Ketchikan artist Terry Pyles pose before Pyles's painting, New Eddystone Rock...
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Ketchikan: Ketchikan Museums Acquires Terry Pyles Painting - new work by Ketchikan artist Terry Pyles was recently acquired for the permanent collection of the Ketchikan Museums, thanks to a generous grant from the Rasmuson Foundation. New Eddystone Rock, a 26x46-inch acrylic painting, was purchased through the Art Acquisition Initiative, a program of the Rasmuson Foundation. - Read more...
Friday - June 11, 2004

photosAlaska: Living in Bear Country - The Sitka Bear Working Group, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and U.S. Forest Service are teaming up to host a free seminar titled "Living in Bear Country," from 7 to 8 p.m. June 16th at Sheldon Jackson College's Rasmusson Student Center. The event to be held in Sitka, Alaska is free and open to the public. Mark Matheny, a bear attack survivor from Bozeman, Mont., will conduct the seminar which is designed to educate people about the realities, causes and prevention of bear attacks.
Saturday - June 12, 2004

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Blue mussels, known best by their long blue shells, have been washing ashore in the Arctic Ocean in recent decades. Photo courtesy Sonya Senkowsky

Alaska: Wandering Bivalves - Sometimes scientific exploration involves high-tech equipment and sophisticated techniques. Occasionally, it starts with a simple walk on the beach.

In the 1990s, David Norton was teaching at Ilisagvik College in Barrow, a mostly Eskimo community on Alaska's Arctic Ocean coast. There, he picked up a new hobby, Arctic beachcombing. Norton says the pickings were especially good after a storm.

David Norton said, "Every time there was a storm, particularly in the fall, we'd set out to replenish what had become scarce in the aquarium. We got fairly adept at predicting where the kelp and the mussels and other things would show up." - Read more...
Saturday - June 12, 2004

Fish or Cut Bait

Fish or Cut Bait

Bob Ciminel: Low Country Crabbing - Being raised in the environs of the formerly "Smokey City" of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, I entered adulthood with a profound lack of knowledge about seafood. I thought "seafood" was a breaded and fried fillet of some generic fish served on a bun. For years, I thought I was eating Flounder, but later learned it was Whitefish or Turbot, those ubiquitous denizens of the deep hauled in by the millions off the Grand Banks. - Read more...
Saturday - June 12, 2004

Bob Ciminel: What a Week! - The weekend of June 5 was auspicious for several reasons; all of them linked to current or former Presidents of the United States. President George Bush was in France celebrating the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Former President Jimmy Carter was in Groton, Connecticut launching the U.S.S. Jimmy Carter, the nation's newest fast attack nuclear submarine. Former President George H.W. Bush was in Maine vacationing at the Bush family's summer "cottage." Former President Ronald Reagan was in California taking his last breath. - Read more...
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photosAlaska's Deepwater Highway; A part of Alaska history - When the first Alaska state ferry sailed northbound through the Inside Passage of Alaska on its maiden voyage in January of 1963, there was rejoicing along the entire route from Ketchikan to Haines at the head of Lynn Canal! At last! Cars and even trucks and vans could now travel to and from isolated island-bound towns all along the 450-mile length of Southeastern Alaska's Panhandle. At either end they could roll off the ferry's ramp onto terra firma, connected to road systems north or south! The roadless towns of the famed Inside Passage finally had a "highway" from Prince Rupert B.C. to Haines, Alaska - even if it happened to be paved with salt water and used marine charts instead of road maps. - Read the rest of this story by June Allen...
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