By Lynn Readicker-Henderson, Ed Readicker-Henderson
This guidebook bargains assurance of the historical past, tradition, geography and weather of Coastal Alaska and the interior Passage. The booklet gains locations to devour, attractions to determine, in addition to taking a detailed examine locations reminiscent of Ketchikan, the Aleutians, Kodiak, Seldovia and Glacier Bay, Tenakee.
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34 n Land Animals n Birds Eagles Most people go to Alaska hoping to see a bald eagle, but the truth is, it’s harder not to see them. They’re everywhere. These birds, which can easily weigh more than 20 pounds, were so common in Alaska that, from 1917 until 1952, there was a bounty on them. Hunters were paid as much as $2 per pair for talons. The bounty was put in place on the assumption that eagles ate too many fish. It was discontinued in 1952, when the birds joined the list of federally protected species.
The Sitka pulp mill closed its doors for good in 1993; Wrangell’s saw mill closed in 1995. This is great for the forest, but lousy for the economy of the towns. There is nowhere for the people to turn; fishing has been decreasing throughout Southeast, and that really leaves only tourism. How many t-shirt shops can one small town support? Just take a look at Franklin Street in Juneau, and wonder if logging really isn’t preferable to endless kitsch. Any rational human being, no matter how green at heart, knows logging must happen.
They are much Seals, Sea Lions & Otters n 19 n Seals, Sea Lions & Otters Harbor Seals Harbor seals, like harbor porpoise, are shy and difficult to spot. They come up quietly, take a quick look around with only their head and nose protruding above the water – and the black color can make them almost impossible to spot – then they disappear. And since they can dive to 600 feet and stay down for more than 20 minutes, you might be wasting your time hoping one pops back up. Harbor seals grow to about 180 pounds.
Adventure Guide to the Inside Passage & Coastal Alaska, 3rd Edition (Hunter Travel Guides) by Lynn Readicker-Henderson, Ed Readicker-Henderson