Life around Homer, Alaska

Snow
Snow

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:

HungryBear
HungryBear

What is a hungry young bear to do?

Raid the Grill
Raid the Grill
Busted
Busted

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.

TreeBark
TreeBark

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

MooseCrossing
MooseCrossing
CleaningBabies
CleaningBabies
LearningtoWalk
LearningtoWalk
LongLegs
LongLegs

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