Field Notes: The Polar Field Services Newsletter

Life around Homer, Alaska

Fresh snow in April at the Neely's Girdwood home near Homer, Alaska. Photos unless otherwise noted: Annelisa Neely

It was a record snow year in Alaska, and while the winter in Homer was hard on our shovels and our backs, we knew it was even harder on the wildlife.  Spring came late and it came cold, but nature finds a way to persevere:

Hungry young bears awoke to find the world still covered in white.

What is a hungry young bear to do?

Raid the grill!

Although there was nothing cooking, the smells of grilled salmon past were too much to resist.

I didn’t want to scare him off, but felt it best to send him on his way before he started chewing on the propane line.

Deep winter snow drove moose onto dangerous roadways and buried food sources, and many scrounged tree bark to survive.

This tree bears the scars of a hard winter.

Everyone worried that many moose would not survive the winter, let alone have the strength to give birth to healthy babies.

We were pleased to catch our first glimpse of baby twin moose!

Mama Moose carefully cleans the twins. Photo: Vickie Christopher

Learning to walk is hard work! Photo: Vickie Christopher

Baby moose seem to have ridiculously long legs, but they need to be tall enough to nurse!

Luckily, there is plenty for Mama moose to eat now, and everyone, animal and human alike, can enjoy the long days of a short Alaskan summer.—Annelisa Neely

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