• Winter light on the Fairweather Range

    Glacier Bay

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Voices of Glacier Bay: Fall Frenzy

Raven at Sunset

Fall's first frost. A gusty breeze steering giant clouds in and out of shifting blue holes. Yellowing cottonwood leaves fluttering like rain. A vibrant morning that finds critters either scrambling to head south or fettering about getting ready to stay through the winter.

Walking through the crispy forest, I aim my microphone at pair of red squirrels chasing each other on and off and under a cluster of trees, chittering and chattering all the while. Mid-chase, a flock of sandhill cranes passes over head in a wavering, raucous, fluid skein.

And perched on a high branch, between the scurrying squirrels and fleeing cranes, is a single raven offering a calm commentary on the neighborhood frenzy.

Hank Lentfer
November, 2013

 

Did You Know?

Glacier Bear

Glacier Bay is home to a unique type of black bear with a bluish coat. The "Glacier Bear" may have adapted its coloring for living near glacial ice.