|Ptarmigan - Glacier Tour Boat|
|Section of an iceberg|
|Before the cruise...|
|At the docking area|
|Check out the glow around iceberg|
|Tip of an iceberg|
|'Twas a tad windy...lol|
|Fun snowflake to glacier chart|
|Leaving the glacier area in the boat|
After the cruise, we proceeded to the Wildlife Conservation Center. I try to go to as many of these around the country as possible...I love the work being done there for orphaned and injured animals.
Bright Spot - On that note, I'd like to share a beautiful success story of the Center's. The Athabaskan Natives here have always relied on the wood bison for food, clothing and shelter.. Eventually, they seemed to have disappeared...thought to be extinct (1941) due to over hunting and ecological change. In 1957 a small herd was discovered in Canada. That sparked a movement to restore populations of wood bison in Alaska. The AK Dept of Fish and Game made a commitment to return them to their native range in western AK. First; however, a captive breeding and holding center would be necessary to support the stock for restoration and the AK Wildlife Center was deemed a perfect fit! Well, thanks to the love and care the wood bison received from dedicated staff, 130 wood bison were successfully released into the wild in Spring, 2015!!! Thank you AWCC for your tireless efforts in making this possible!
|Found the pics...wood bison!|
|Wood bison...happy again!|
|Entrance to the AWCC|
|Black bear - peek-a-boo!|
|Grizzly pacing...waiting for lunch|
|Magpie spying black bear having lunch|
|Grizzly right before they tossed him his lunch...|
Aaawwww, sitting so nice!
Good job, Big Guy!
|See the little ones?!|
|This is called a "Ham Deer"...|