Written by Erin Kirkland
By: Erin Kirkland
Hannah Boron, 10, knows her birds of prey. A graduate of the American Bald Eagle Foundation’s Junior Raptor Handler program, Hannah and her twin sister, Haley, are part of an elite group of kids who participate in public presentations and stewardship activities at the foundation’s nature center in Haines, Alaska.
Brainchild of founder Dave Olerud and managed by Dr. Dan Hart, the foundation’s raptor curator, the handler program has blossomed since its inception in 2011, with a cadre of young people interested in science, nature, and the center’s feathered residents. To date, 23 kids have gone through the difficult course of study and hands-on training, with many more anxiously waiting their turn.
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Written by By Rachel Ankney
From our February Issue: Available Now!
Whale watching on an Un-CruiseThe paddles cut through the glacial water. Six kayaks glide toward the coast, passing jellyfish, harlequin ducks, and the occasional sea otter. When a collective gasp rises up from two sets of paddlers, the boats facing shore try their best to spin around to glimpse the disappearing breach of a humpback whale. The kayakers in its path erupt in nervous laughter and grab for cameras with hopes that he’ll reappear again. Though the people are in kayaks at the moment, this isn’t a kayaking expedition. It’s part of an eight-day Alaskan cruise along the Inside Passage.
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