One Man's Alaska

Ravens in Alaska (Fairbanks, Alaska)

February 21, 2011

I remain fascinated by ravens in Alaska, and today a friend passed me a story about ravens in Fairbanks, Alaska. It turns out that the ravens in Fairbanks used to live a more rural life, leaving Fairbanks every night and traveling 30-40 miles to their homes in the woods, and then flying back to Fairbanks the next morning for easy food from the people of Fairbanks.

Well, it seems that the ravens have decided they don't like the daily commute, so they'd moved to Fairbanks, and live at the Barnes & Noble, and other stores in downtown shopping centers. (I hesitate to use the word "downtown", since Fairbanks is pretty small, but hey, their downtown area is larger than the Palmer, Alaska downtown area, so "downtown" it is.)

Ever since I lived in Talkeetna in 2007 I've wondered about the ravens in Alaska. At one point there were many ravens in Talkeetna, and then there weren't. I eventually ran into them again down in Seward, in a cemetery no less.

Getting back to the ravens in Fairbanks, here's the story from at the Fairbanks News-Miner website.

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