Our New Home in Tutka Bay, Alaska

We’ve been a little behind on our writing as of late, so we wanted to catch you up on our first two weeks of work here at Tutka Bay Lodge… Yesterday I flew in a helicopter, landed on a glacier, had a sandwich while sitting on some 10,000 year old ice, and then watched...

Aw Man, Octopus Agaaaiin!

A cold rain falls in early May in Homer, Alaska.  We were enjoying all the stunning ocean scenery and the educational workshops at the Shorebird Festival, but we were beginning to get a bit cold and damp after four days of camping amidst the rain and snow down on the...

Note To Self: Don’t Ever Fly In A Cessna Again

  We taxied down the runway in the tiny little four seater Cessna, props humming and the pilots of Anchorage chattering in our headphones.  We were loaded to the brim and were sitting with luggage on our laps. To my left sat the pilot that we’d met earlier that...

59 Degrees North

Our last journey took us to the Tropic of Cancer, a land of heat and relentless sun, where snorkeling and spearfishing were our daily pastimes.  But today we sit beneath a mile deep soup of Seattle fog, awaiting our flight to Alaska and 59 degrees north of the...

Field Notes From The Seattle Airport

Homer, Alaska is renowned as one of the great birdwatching areas in the world, and early May in particular brings a massive migration of shorebirds to the coastal areas near town.   Millions of these avian sojourners stop in to take advantage of the mudflats exposed...