One Man's Alaska

Ravens in Alaska

June 27, 2010

I'm not sure what happened to all the ravens in Alaska -- specifically the ravens that were in Wasilla, Alaska -- but they have all gone ... somewhere.

I was reminded of this yesterday when I saw a few ravens in Talkeetna. (Talkeetna is about 75 minutes north of Wasilla.) There were a few there, but not many, maybe three. This is in stark contrast to ravens being everywhere when I first moved back to Alaska in March and April. Several times I walked out of stores or restaurants only to be greeted by ravens looking for a handout.

Audio recordings of ravens in Alaska

In the early fall of 2007, I took a trip down to Seward, Alaska, and stumbled on an old cemetery there. There were ravens everywhere! I made some audio recordings of them at the time, and if I can ever find that again, I'll put it out here. This cemetery in Seward is nestled in a forest, and it really was magnificent to listen to the ravens, as there were no other sounds to distract you.

When I moved back to Alaska this spring, I started in Soldotna and Kenai, then went to Homer, Seward, Anchorage, and finally ended up here in Wasilla, and all the time, ravens were everywhere.

Well, I'm sure they'll be back this fall, or I'll be in Seward again, and I'll be glad to share some photos of them then.

Question about Ravens in Alaska

Until then I'll leave you with this question: How can you tell the difference between a crow and a raven in Alaska?

Answer: There are no crows in Alaska. I don't know how they keep them out of here -- it may be those aggressive Canadian border patrol people -- but there are no crows here. If there are, they're in hiding.

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