When planning for your trip to Glacier Bay, remember that the environment here is very dynamic, and can be unforgiving to the ill-prepared.
Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP)
The first moose were observed in Glacier Bay during in the late 1960s. Their population has steadily grown since that time. Moose now occur widely throughout Glacier Bay in thickets, meadows and open forests. If you encounter a moose, use caution:
To avoid close encounters, make noise while you hike.
Baneberry, a Poisonous Plant
Baneberry, Actaea rubra, a member of the buttercup family, is aptly named. "Bane" is derived from an Anglo-Saxon word meaning "murderous." All parts of the plant are toxic. Ingesting one berry can cause numbness in the mouth and tongue. The poison in three berries is enough to kill a child. Six berries will effectively shut down the respiratory system in adults. Baneberries are common throughout the forests of Bartlett Cove and lower Glacier Bay. The best rule to follow if you are sampling wild plants: If you aren't sure what it is, don't eat it. Read more characteristics and view photos about the Baneberry plant here.
Last updated: January 2, 2020