Author: Carol Griswold

Local Plant Nursery Open for Business!

Local Plant Nursery Open for Business!

Master gardener and green thumb Carol Souza has been busy all winter tending to her greenhouses full of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, and garden vegetable starts. Due to the cold spring, she delayed opening her Weezingreens business until today, June 1st, to give these beautiful young plants a good […]

Sandhill Crane visits Seward

Sandhill Crane visits Seward

On May 8th, I received a call about a strange big bird in the street by the Seward High School. The next evening, I found a beautiful Sandhill Crane napping peacefully on the grass between an apartment building and the street in a busy neighborhood on Phoenix Road. It looked […]

Scheffler Creek observation platform completed

Scheffler Creek observation platform completed

The brand new Scheffler Creek observation platform just off the bike path north of the pedestrian bridge  is now completed and open for use. Two educational interpretive signs have been installed; one depicts the extensive habitat restoration project, the other features the five salmon species that can be found in Scheffler […]

Bald Eagle Battle

Bald Eagle Battle

Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report A few days ago, I noticed two BALD EAGLES stroking swiftly with deadly determination towards me. The adult seemed to be pursuing the subadult, quickly closing the gap. I immediately froze, camera at the ready. Whenever two eagles (or ravens) get that close, something interesting […]

Busy Resurrection Bay

Busy Resurrection Bay

It’s been a busy winter for big vessels in Resurrection Bay! The M/V Tustumena ferry at dry dock at SMIC is so big at 296 feet, that it won’t fit inside the shipyard structure. The huge supply vessel, Aiviq docked in front of the M/V Aurora, another state ferry. The […]

Noble Discoverer Loaded Onto Transport Ship

Noble Discoverer Loaded Onto Transport Ship

Guided by powerful tugs, Shell Oil’s drilling rig, the Noble Discoverer, began its slow but steady journey from the Alaska Railroad Dock to the waiting semi-submerged transport ship around 6:30 am on Saturday morning. Calm seas helped make this delicate operation much easier. By early afternoon, the rig was temporarily […]

The Forces Are Gathering!

The Forces Are Gathering!

The gleaming blue and white tug Aiviq cruised into Resurrection Bay on Wednesday, Feb 27 and tied up at the Alaska Railroad dock. Pronounced EYE-vik, the name means “walrus” in Inupiaq. This is the tug that suffered mechanical difficulties while towing Shell’s drilling rig Kulluk along the coast of Kodiak […]

“Lincoln” now showing at Liberty Theater tonight and Wednesday

Lincoln ‎2hr 30min‎‎ – Rated PG-13‎‎ – Drama‎ Now showing at the Liberty Theater nightly starting at 7 pm, last show Wednesday February 13 Director: Steven Spielberg – Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Jackie Earle Haley, Tommy Lee Jones, Joseph Gordon-Levitt A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President’s tumultuous final months in office. In a […]

Cruise ship air pollution

Cruise ship air pollution

The Council also agreed have the City Manager  write a letter in support of  an exemption from emission regulations for cruise ships  (if I heard right) so they can continue to spew pollution into our “pristine” air. I am dismayed that our leaders here in Council and elsewhere, do not […]

2013 Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl, Seward Team

2013 Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl, Seward Team

Here are a some photos of the exciting 2013 Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl, featuring the Seward Team  “Don’t Say No to Coho”: Alex Ashford, captain, a three time participant, Josephine Braun  and Kara Knotek two time participants, and Isabel Barnwell, and Maranda Clark first time. Their very interesting and pertinent […]

Winter Birding Hotspot: Seward!

Winter Birding Hotspot: Seward!

Despite the bitter cold and ferocious north wind, about 50 birders beelined to Seward this weekend to look for the rare  Siberian Accentor. Fairbanks, Palmer, Eagle River, Anchorage, Moose Pass, Cooper Landing, Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak and probably other towns, were all represented. It was quite a winter adventure. […]

National Ocean Sciences Bowl here on February 8-10

Seward is about to be invaded by a menagerie of marine muses in the form of Pretentious Pandalids,  Terrifying Tardigrades, Saber-Tooth Salmon, Marvelous Megalops, Nuclear Narwhals, and a host of other oceanic concoctions.  But never fear.  It’s all in the name of good, clean competition and education when the 16th […]

Another Rare Bird Visits Seward

Another Rare Bird Visits Seward

A small but dramatically colored bird called a Siberian Accentor, is creating quite a stir in the bird world. This rare bird should be in northern Siberia! Kit and Janet Durnil found the bird in dense alders and small spruce in town on January 22nd. I documented the bird  and […]