Category Archives: Fauna

Bertie Journal — February 21, 2018

It’s 6:10 AM. I just finished my 02:00-06:00 watch, my sixth completed watch so far on this journey. The 4 on/4 off schedule is a bit brutal. I’m hoping to settle into the rhythm of it soon. Well, actually, as … Continue reading

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Captain’s Log (first in a series)

20 September 2017:  Launched my new boat! Joe and Carla came over with it on Tobben’s small trailer. They had the trailer behind their ATV. Joe drove, Carla sat behind him, and I rode in the boat. We went from … Continue reading

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Seal Harvest

“To request seal: Call the Tribal Government the day before the scheduled harvest from which you want seal. Requests for seal will be limited to a maximum of 5 seals per individual per harvest. The Tribal Government insists that the … Continue reading

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Questions Frequently Asked by Tourists on St. Paul Island, Alaska

One reason I haven’t posted much lately here is that I’ve been working on this FAQs document for my job with St. Paul Island Tours. The idea was that, as a newbie tour guide, I would learn the answers if … Continue reading

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Freedom Is In the Freezer: Subsistence Fishing for Halibut

Here’s a link to my essay “Freedom Is In the Freezer: Subsistence Fishing for Halibut,” published in the summer 2017 issue of Edible Alaska. The essay originally appeared on this blog back in October 2016, in slightly different form.

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Clifftop

No cloud touches the sky. Instead of summer fog and driving wind, the Bering Sea gives diamonds. Pup-sized, sun-bleached seal scapula lies at the top edge of the cliff. Bones go to the earth To the sea To the animals … Continue reading

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First Impressions of St. Paul Island

May 11, 2017 I’m sitting next to Barbara on the plane. She’s an Aleut elder, grew up on St. Paul Island, and is returning home from Anchorage. She crosses herself before take-off, and again before landing, and points out that … Continue reading

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