Alaska’s Sea Birds: Where, when, and why they need us

This is sponsored content on behalf of Dawn Saves Wildlife. Rebecca Duerr, research director and veterinarian of the International Bird Rescue, doesn’t mince words when talking about the future of Alaska’s sea birds.  “Climate change,” she told me, “will make life a lot harder for sea birds.”  What is a sea bird, exactly? Also known […]

Join the Zero Waste Campaign Contest!

All kids are invited to participate in a push for a Zero-Waste lifestyle in this contest sponsored by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. Homer is one of those Alaska communities where nature is imbedded in the fabric of every single person who lives or visits there. From scenic beaches to soaring […]

NatGeo Kids is ‘Weird But True’ in Alaska

As soon as I could read, my mother bought a subscription to a little magazine called “World.” Designed to create a more kid-friendly approach to issues facing a 1970’s planet, World filled my head with images, people, and ideas that I’d like to think shaped my teen and adult years. Today’s World is now National […]

Vote For Animal President at The Alaska Zoo!

                                  Attention, Alaska Zoo guests, friends, and fellow animal-lovers! It is campaign season, and voting is early, often, and heavy as The Alaska Zoo works to elect a new president. Who will it be, you ask? Competition is going […]

Be Water-Wise Near Alaska’s Rivers and Streams

If you’ve spent any time fishing or boating with your parents, it’s likely you’ve seen how fast and deep our Alaska rivers and streams can be. Grownups are always worried about kids going near the water, and with good reason, since water-related deaths in Alaska are more common than you might think. Being water-wise is […]

Oh, Baby! Where to find Alaska’s wildlife youngsters

As another warm Alaska winter comes to an end, wildlife experts are making predictions for when and where — and how many — animal babies will show up around our towns and cities. Have you seen any, yet? Bear mamas are beginning to come out of their dens with this year’s crop of cubs. Moose […]

The Alaska Zoo is Hosting a Polar Bear Party!

Ahpun and Lyutyik, perhaps the two most famous residents of the Alaska Zoo, are having a birthday party this Saturday. Cake? They’ll have cake, albeit an icy one. The birthday song? Check. Party hats? Sure. An annual event for the polar bears and those who love them, the Alaska Zoo’s polar bear bash is taking […]

The Secret Lives of Alaska Animals: Special guest post

Note: Kids, this is your lucky day! Animal expert Ken Keffer has joined us on the AKontheGO blog to talk about our state’s amazing animals, and some fun facts you might not know. Ken co-wrote the new book “The Secret Lives of Animals” with Stacy Tornio, and I am having a blast reading it. Ken […]

Stargazing Alaska With Kids

by Bryan Bearss Alaska’s land of the midnight sun has finally yielded to the darkness of winter, but don’t despair. With this impending darkness comes a glorious display in the night sky. While the aurora borealis (or northern lights) may be the charismatic mega fauna of the astronomical family, there is so much more to […]

Kids Corner: Alaska is a ‘berry’ fun place in the fall!

by Bryan Bearss After a great summer of blueberry or raspberry picking, it’s time to change gears and think about fall’s other recreational pursuits. As you bundle up and head outside, don’t forget to pack an extra container for a detour along the trail to harvest an autumnal berry bounty. While frost and cooler temperatures […]

Kids Corner: Healthy Futures Alaska and You!

Kids, listen up! AKontheGO has a challenge for you, but first, a few facts. Did you know:  17% of all Alaska school kids are considered obese? That means for whatever reason, they weigh more than medical professionals recommend. (Alaska Department of Social and Health Services, 2013-14 Student Weight Management Report) Increasing physical activity is a […]