Author: Carol Griswold

Seward Sporadic Bird Report: Pintails are back!

Today I spotted 2 beautiful drakes and 3 lovely female NORTHERN PINTAILS standing forlornly on the ice where the pond should be at the salt-marsh -with-an-airport-in-it. They were very alert and watched me warily from quite a distance before taking flight. A blizzard of gulls swarmed along the beach, probably […]

Bird Survey workshop Saturday March 29th

Beachwalkers and Birders Wanted! COAAST Training Session Saturday March 29, 2008 10 am to 4 pm Alaska Sealife Center Reserve your place by calling COAAST at 206-221-6893 or email, or just come! COAAST volunteers collect data on beach-cast carcasses of marine birds on a monthly basis to establish the […]

Nuclear fun!

At Monday’s Council meeting on March 24th, Phillip Oates announced that former part-time interim Seward City Manager Marvin Yoder now back in Galena, will be coming to Seward to present information on energy from a small nuclear power plant at a to-be-announced work session. Galena has been investigating this Toshiba […]

Sporadic Bird Report: Western Screech Owl

March 19, 2008 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 8:00 am, sunset 8:11 pm, length of day 12 hours, 11 minutes; tomorrow, Spring Equinox, will be 5 minutes and 30 seconds longer. Weather: 23º this morning with a soft, gray wall of snow-bearing clouds creeping up the bay from the […]

Seward Sporadic Bird Report: Tour of the Bay

Sunday, December 30, 2007 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 10:02 am, sunset 3:58 pm, length of day 5 hours, 56 minutes; tomorrow will be 1 minute and 40 seconds longer. Weather: Alpenglow just before dawn on the snowy peaks of the mountains west of Seward foretold a very promising […]

Seward Christmas Bird Count results

December 28, 2007 The 108th Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Seward Alaska Twenty-two citizen scientists ventured out from dawn to dusk on December 22, 2007, by car, boat, foot, and skis, intent on counting and identifying every bird in their route within the 15-mile wide Seward Count Circle. Ten others counted […]

Thanks to City Express!

12-14-07 Dear Editor, Once again, a big “Thank You!” to City Express for their generous contribution to the 13th annual Seward PTSA “Art and Music for Kids, Wreaths for You” fund-raiser. Local businesses such as City Express support our schools in so many ways throughout the year. Please consider shopping […]

Electric bills spike when Seward is cut off

December 13, 2007 To the City Council, City Manager Phillip Oates, Assistant City Manager Kirsten Vesel, City Clerk Jean Lewis, and staff, Due to natural gas shortages, Chugach Electric cut Seward off twice in December, forcing the city to run its diesel generators. I understand that this can happen any […]

Sporadic Bird Report: Short-eared Owls!

Monday, November 19, 2007 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 9:06 am, sunset 4:19 pm, length of day 7 hours, 12 minutes; tomorrow will be 4 minutes and 25 seconds shorter. Weather: Calm! 27º Clear skies at dawn, allowing a peek at Venus and Saturn to the south, becoming cloudy […]

Sporadic Bird Report: Snipe!

Snipe! Sunday, November 18, 2007 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 9:04 am, sunset 4:21 pm, length of day 7 hours, 17 minutes; tomorrow will be 4 minutes and 28 seconds shorter. Weather: 29º, overcast, threatening snow; brisk 25 mph north wind, gusting to 50 mph by the bay. Today […]

Using RSS

RSS (Real Simple Syndication) Here’s a new, efficient way to receive news and announcements that readers might appreciate. This video explains how it works: 1.Sign up for a free reader from Google, Yahoo, etc. 2.Subscribe by setting up a connection between reader and websites ( a button on favorite […]

Sporadic Bird Report: Cedar Waxwings

November 9, 2007 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 8:41 am, sunset 4:41 pm, length of day 7 hours, 59 minutes; tomorrow will be 4 minutes and 48 seconds shorter. Weather: Gray skies, 30s; rain mixed with snow, sleet for variety; high winds alternating with calm. Cedar Waxwings! Once again, […]

Conference Center Unfeasible

MLC Conference Center Unfeasible The City’s hopes for a Seward Conference Center in the multi-agency’s Mary Lowell Center crashed after the feasibility study was finally drafted and presented to the public for comments and a reality check on November 16th and 20th, 2006. The initial business plan was based on […]

Seward Sporadic Bird Report: Bohemian Waxwings

Sunday, November 4, 2007 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 8:28 am, Alaska Standard Time, sunset 4:53 pm, length of day 9 hours, 57 minutes; tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 6 seconds shorter. Weather: Carpe Diem! Around here, you really have to grab the good weather before the “spots […]

Sporadic Bird Report: Hummer Shrike

October 15, 2007 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 8:37 am, sunset 6:48 pm, length of day 10 hours, 11 minutes; tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 23 seconds shorter. Weather: Last week dished out the first days of cold, clear, windy weather that partially froze the salt marsh pond […]

Seward Elementary School Weed Warriors

Seward Elementary School Weed Warriors

Enthusiastic Weed Warriors from the Seward Elementary School marched up to the recently planted grounds at the old middle school site south of the Seward High School on Wednesday afternoon. Their mission, to collect weeds: “Anything that is NOT grass is a weed.” The 50-some students from Mr. Barnwell’s sixth […]