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 Submitted By: Linda Jensen — Mother moose with two week old twins

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Paul PaquetteGetting out and about in Seward, Alaska is something that artist Paul Paquette has mastered as well as his craft. Whether going for a hike to nearby Exit Glacier, taking a boat cruise into Resurrection Bay or strolling the historic streets of downtown (and sampling some local goodies), Paul is well acquainted with the sights and sounds of Seward, and he knows just where to look to spot all of Southcentral Alaska’s furry and feathery creatures as well.

After arriving in Alaska in May 1971 to fight forest fires, Paul landed a cannery job in Seward, and set up his home — and family — in the coastal community on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula. His three children still live in Alaska, and his family has grown to include a number of grandchildren as well. In the late 1980s, Paul began practicing a crude form of shingle art, incorporating custom designs into cedar shingle siding to enhance the beauty of homes and businesses.

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A nine-day excursion from Anchorage to Kodiak through the Kenai Peninsula: Start in Anchorage, Alaska’s largest playground, and spend the day enjoying culture, shopping and outdoors attractions, keeping an eye out for a glimpse of the city’s resident moose population. A two-and-a-half hour drive south on the scenic Seward Highway will land you in Seward, a quaint fishing town with an abundance of wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities. Travel further south on the Kenai Peninsula, to Cooper Landing, Soldotna, Kenai and Homer where opportunities for fishing, hiking and rafting abound. From Homer, fly or take the Alaska Marine Highway to Kodiak, to explore the island’s Russian and Alutiiq history, before heading out on a charter flight to Katmai National Park, for some world-renown bear viewing:

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Spotlight 49: Wildlife viewing in Alaska

If a rare bird encounter sends you reaching for your camera and the thought of sharing a beach with a group of hungry grizzly bears makes you giddy, you may want to consider planning your next vacation to Alaska. A paradise for birders, wildlife photographers, nature enthusiasts or any traveling animal lover, Alaska offers year-round opportunities for fantastic wildlife viewing – both on and offshore and for any ability level. Many of the state’s resident creatures such as moose, brown and black bear, and more than 500 different bird species share their habitats with humans near towns and cities. It’s not uncommon to see traffic halted on a roadway due to a moose sighting in the distance, or Dall sheep perched on a nearby cliff. The rail belt traveling through Southcentral and Interior Alaska offers visitors easy access to some of the most wildlife-rich spots in the state. Among the most traveled options is a bus trip down the 90-mile road leading into the heart of Denali National Park and Preserve, with frequent stops to view and photograph moose, bear, wolves, caribou, fox, wolverine and more.

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