Fighting the Current
Swim with salmon as they struggle against the currents of habitat destruction, pollution and barriers blocking their passage home. During their transformative lives, salmon influence cultures and economies, yet this critically important species is under constant threat of disappearing from the waterways of the Pacific Northwest. Journey with these living symbols as they begin their remarkable lives and discover the conservation efforts to restore these beautiful creatures to our streams.
Fun With Red Foxes
Red foxes may be found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and have adapted to live in forests, mountains, and deserts as well as in rural and suburban areas. Red foxes usually have reddish-orange fur, with a white chest, neck and tail tip, and black tipped ears and legs. However, they may come in a variety of colors. Many of the foxes in this slideshow are "silver", that is black with white tipping, and "cross-foxes", reddish-brown-gray, with a black stripe down the back and another across the shoulders.
The Bears of September
Each year in Alaska's remote Katmai National Park, pre-spawned salmon flood through Naknek Lake into Brooks River on the way back to their birthplace. As the salmon are drawn upriver to their natal streams, so brown bears are drawn to the river to partake in a calorie-rich feast. During this great passage, brown bears gather at the mouth of Brooks River in the dozens, their numbers ranging between forty and seventy in any given year. It is one of the greatest seasonal concentrations of brown bears in the world. Although predisposed towards solitude, the opportunity afforded by the salmon to pack on winter reserves far outweigh the bear's social considerations. While fishing, the bears not only navigate the waters of the river, they navigate around each other in a complex social ballet. They also navigate around those humans who converge on the river when the salmon return. You are invited to share in this experience through a photographic natural history of The Bears of September.