If you’ve been fortunate enough to travel along all 92 miles of Denali Park Road, you undoubtedly got a chance to take a peek at Wonder Lake, often called the Crown Jewel of Denali.
Have you ever seen a big, strange-looking rock on a hillside and thought “that looks out of place…how did that get there?” If you were in an area once covered by glaciers, it’s likely that you are looking at something called a glacial erratic.
In mid-March every year, a crew of about a dozen National Park Service workers begins the long and important task of preparing Denali Park Road for the summer season.
The Ptarmigan is the State Bird of Alaska.
The Rock Ptarmigan is seasonally camouflaged; its feathers moult from white in winter to brown in spring or summer.
Woolly mammoths were animals that looked like elephants. They lived in northern parts of Europe, Asia and North America over 11,000 years ago.
Most people do not know that camels started out in North America. The western camel lived in North America from 10,000 to 600,000 years ago.
The Steppe Bison lived during the Pleistocene Period (about 2 million To 10,000 years ago). It was one of the most common species from Eastern Beringia (unglaciated parts of Alaska, Yukon and Northwest Territories).
The short-faced bear was a mammal that lived in Beringia. It was probably a predator (a meat-eater) that may have attacked bison, deer, muskoxen, caribou, ground sloths and horses.
Herds of Saiga Antelope crossed Beringia from Asia. The last known Saiga in Canada was about 12,200 years ago. When the Ice Age ended, it is thought that Saiga Antelopes did not adapt to the changed habitat and died out in North America.