In 1989 the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling over 11 million gallons of North Slope crude oil into Alaska’s waters. 25 years after the spill, Homer artist Mavis Muller unfurled her protest banners that had been used to draw attention to the oil spill. 25 years later Alaska is still fighting.
Kachemak Bay supports a variety of land mammals including black and brown bears.
Kachemak Bay is a Critical Habitat Area and is off limits to offshore oil and gas exploration within the bay. Onshore drilling does not have these protections and permits are often granted to developers.
In the geologic past, Kachemak Bay was entirely covered by ice. As the glaciers retreat and the weight of the ice is removed, the land slowly rises. Many communities in Alaska are being threatened by climate change and sea level rise but here in Kachemak Bay the land is rebounding at near the same rate as the sea level increase.
The iconic Homer Spit is a terminal moraine from the last ice age. Much of the spit was lost during the 1964 Good Friday earthquake and constant maintenance is required to protect the spit from storms and erosion.
Clean swell with an offshore breeze is rare enough that surfers will eagerly partake, regardless of the temperature.
When the air temperature is below 14º Fahrenheit and the sea is unfrozen, ice fog can occur. Kachemak Bay in winter is an ideal place to witness this phenomenon.
Kachemak Bay teeters on the northern edge of ice free and year-round navigable water.
Generous production tax credits have drawn in new oil and gas developers to Cook Inlet.
The black-legged kittiwake is a small cliff-nesting gull, named for its loud ‘kitti-wake’ call.
Wild and delectable mushrooms abound for those with the keen senses to find them.
Long-time Homer artist Mavis Muller creates art with fabric and people at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds during Salmonfest.
Alaska and the Russian Far East are the worlds last bastions for wild salmon.
On the south side of Kachemak Bay rests the sleepy fishing village of Seldovia. This community is cut off from the road system and can only be reached by air or sea.
With five active volcanoes, Cook Inlet has the potential to develop massive amounts of geo-thermal energy.
Many summer tourists make the flight from Homer across Cook Inlet to Katmai National Park to view coastal brown bears in their natural habitat.
Kachemak Bay is rimmed with long, often remote beaches – ideal for hiking and fat-bike exploration.
Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery is owned by the State of Alaska and operated by Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. Every year millions of sockeye and pink salmon eggs are collected and reared.
Commercial seiner fishing boats are used to harvest mature salmon. Many are stripped for their roe and milt, while others are sold for cost recovery to support the hatchery. The lagoon is also open to residents for personal and subsistence fishing.
When the wind blows from the west, Homer beaches fill with hearty, wetsuit clad surfers. Typically, the best swells come in the winter when the air temperatures can be below zero and water temperature is barely above freezing.
On Earth Day 2014, Homer residents reminded us of our need to be vigilant in our fight to protect the water, land and air in Alaska and the world over.
Kachemak Bay State Park is Alaska’s first State Park and only Wilderness Park, containing over 400,000 acres of glaciers, forests, rivers and ocean for people to explore and enjoy.
Hermit crabs reuse other marine organisms shells for body armor in defense against predators. Kachemak Bay supports vibrant marine ecology - access to this fascinating world is granted by our spectacularly massive tidal exchanges.
Kachemak Bay supports nearly 250 species of birds and is a world-class destination for bird viewing. The small island group known as Gull Island is a summer breeding ground for several species including the common murre.
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From Glaciers to the Sea: Following the Entirety of Alaska’s Susitna River.
The Buccaneer jackup rig drills for oil and gas just north of Anchor Point, in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Iliamna Volcano rises in the background.
This photo depict signs of permafrost melting and coastal erosion.
Caribou near the proposed Pebble Mine site.
A baby giant pacific octopus? Or a red octopus?
The Chuitna Coal Mine prospect sits on a complex ecosystem of forests, meadows, and wetlands - "overburden" above the coal.
Dip-netting for sockeye salmon in the Kenai River.
Red foxes are solitary hunters who feed on rodents, rabbits, birds, and other small game.
Fire cooked trees take on the pleasant hues of fall.
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