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Alaska Science Forum

Weekly column in cooperation with the UAF research community.

As an instructor for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, I have stood before a group of Alaskans every Tuesday night this November.

Last week, as most of Alaska joined the cryosphere and became snow-covered, one area again stood out as one of the snowiest places on the planet.

While we were sleeping, they were out there. Two red foxes, a male and female, pawing into spring snow on a hillside.

A few years ago, Randy Brown wondered if he might lose $50,000 he had just won as part of the Rachel Carson Award for Exemplary Scientific Accomplishment.

At the mist-netting station in the woods at Creamer’s Field in Fairbanks, volunteers and professionals briefly cupped more than 2,000 songbirds in their hands this fall.


Research facilities at the Geophysical Institute.