KTNA Studio – Dave Totten, artist

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KTNA On Air Studio, Jan 2013

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Photo by James Trump

Winter Black-capped Chickadee

winter chickadee

Photo by Robin Song

Fish Lake morning

Fish Lake morning

photo: Robin Song

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Susitna Writer’s Voice-A Summer Day in Hatcher Pass, by Robin Song

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Photos by Robin Song

 

Before I get into my story, I want to share a quick update on the two nests I observed last summer. The eagle nest in Wasilla, which raised a rare three offspring to fledge, did not use that same nest this year. When I went to observe it, I arrived in time to watch a confrontation between the male eagle and and a magpie. (more…)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna 8-7-2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

The best meteor shower of the summer is coming up,

and our nights are just barely dark enough now to see the brighter shooting stars…

 

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“The Education of a Novice Packrafter”, by Willi Prittie

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Willi

Talkeetna resident and wilderness adventurer Willi Prittie

remembers two unforgettable learning experiences on fast-flowing water,

one with friends on a warm desert river,

the other on a cold flooded creek in Southcentral  Alaska.

(This program was originally broadcast in June 2014)

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Mosquitoes, Tourists, and Summer Sunlight”, by Bill Was

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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Talkeetna blogger Bill Was writes about his attempts to adjust to a few aspects of summer in the Susitna Valley.

 

 

 

Today just happens to be yet another gorgeous late morning here in the Talkeetna area; the sun rides hot and high in the azure sky while gentle WSW breezes riffle the new leaves on trees and other plants. The temperature is already above 60°F on its way to the middle seventies; that’s perhaps fifteen degrees above normal but then that’s how the temps have been running. After a ‘winter’ – and I use the term very loosely – sleep the landscape has once again exploded into summer’s color and foliage. And with this seasonal shift came additional markers of the late spring in south-central Alaska; the mosquitoes are out in force, the village is once again awash in tourists and there is no longer a dark night sky.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Spring in the Bog”, by Robin Song

Sunday, June 26, 2016

 

A closer look at some of the inhabitants of area wetlands,

and some interesting relationships between them.

 

As winter changed into spring in the wetlands east of the house where I have been living just south of Willow, my excursions there with my two dogs grew more interesting. On the morning of April twenty-second, when I let the girls outside, I was surprised to find a pair of Lesser Sandhill Cranes standing at the edge of the forest in the large clearing just east of the house. They walked slowly through the long brown grass, exposed by the melted snow, unimpressed at being watched by two dogs, a human, and two cats. For the next few weeks I heard them calling out in the wetlands-sometimes flying, sometimes stationary. By mid-June they were apparently nesting, for they had grown quiet, not wanting to draw attention to their nest site. I’d occasionally hear them very late at night, calling from the same area. Cranes have been nesting in the wetlands for several years-perhaps decades before people moved into the area. I hope the wetlands remain their nesting territory for many more decades to come. (more…)

Talkeetna-Trapper Creek birders find 78 species

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

 

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2016 Birdathoners, by Katie Writer

 

Many area birders were enthusiastically surprised at the number of different bird species which “turned out” for this year’s 24 hour Talkeetna-Trapper Creek Birdathon, held over the weekend. The group tallied up 78 species, which is the highest total since 2005, a year that also had an early spring.

Former resident Robert Ambrose had the highest individual total, with 60 species of birds. His biking partner Bill FitzGerald counted just two less. They biked over sixty miles to win the Birdathon crowns, once again demonstrating that “green” birding is no disadvantage, at least for them!

Local guide Wade Hopkins also birded without a motorized vehicle. He hiked and thrashed his way up to Papa Bear Lake, using his pack raft to cross rivers and creeks, spent the night in a bivvy sack, and floated to Talkeetna, fishing and birding all day. He found a Hooded Merganser, which hadn’t been recorded in eight years, saw the only flock of Tundra Swans, and discovered a group of about 40 male Horned Grebes.  Wade also saw a couple adult black bears and two cubs-of-the-year.

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Springtime Trip to Hatcher Pass, (Jessa’s First Trip)” by Robin Song

Sunday, May 8, 2016

the creek,April 2,2016With all the rain and ice making for a pretty dismal winter in Willow, I wanted to go see how spring was progressing in Hatcher Pass. I drove up April second, but not having four-wheel drive- when I got into slushy snow about a mile past the winter gate, I parked and switched to skis. My dogs-Lyra and Darby- were thrilled, but I soon found that the ice bridges across the creek had all collapsed and I couldn’t get out where I wanted to go. I had to pick my way along on top of the snow machine trail beside the road. That wasn’t much fun, and after about a mile and a half, I turned back. I decided to make the trip again later in the month.

Jessa,Lyra-& Darby,end of plowed rd

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Susitna Writer’s Voice–StarDate Susitna, by Kathleen Fleming

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Kathleen for StarDate

Events in the night sky for the whole month of May are covered, including three celestial objects visible to late night sky observers, an explanation of why May Day is the appropriate first day of summer, the moon’s location and resulting tides, Jupiter’s movement in the second week of May, the transit of Mercury, the full moon of May, and Mars at opposition.

 

 

 

 

 

Susitna Writer’s Voice–“Scientific Truth vs. Political Agendas”, by Bill Was

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Canine Snowplows

An essay by Talkeetna resident Bill Was,

from his blog at talkeetnatraces.com

In the wake of the UN sponsored meetings in Paris covering climate change once again the ‘news’ – and I use this term very loosely – is abuzz with the gamut of views from outright denial to fanatical following. I concur that the earth’s climate appears to be warming but I remain very unsure as to what part human beings have played in this scenario especially as versed with how much of this change stems from some naturally occurring geologic pattern or meteorologically based shifts.

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