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  • Bill Sherwonit

    Bill Sherwonit

    Born in Bridgeport, Conn., nature writer Bill Sherwonit has called Alaska home since 1982. He has contributed essays and articles to a wide variety of publications and is also the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent books include Animal Stories: Encounters with Alaska’s Wildlife, Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey, and Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness. Most of Sherwonit’s work focuses on Alaskan subjects, with an emphasis on wilderness adventure, wildlands preservation, environmental issues, natural history, wildlife management, relationship with place, and notions of wildness, including the wildness to be found in and around his adopted home, Anchorage. Sherwonit also teaches nature writing.

    November 15, 2015

    Up close and personal: portrait of a moose standing beside the window of an Anchorage home. Used with permission of Alaska Department of Fish and Game
    Close Encounters of the Moose Kind
    Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage

    Now a century old, Anchorage has at various times during its short history proclaimed itself the “Air Crossroads of the World,” a “City of Lights” and a place of “Big Wild Life” (the latter for the community’s “perfect blend of...

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    February 2, 2014

    1.	A flock of bohemian waxwings feeds on rose hips fruit in a south Anchorage yard. Photo credit: ©Kim Behrens
    Becoming More Aware of Our Avian Urban Neighbors: The Christmas Bird Count and Other Citizen Science Opportunities
    Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage

    Kim Behrens and I are driving slowly through my Turnagain neighborhood on a snowy mid-December afternoon, when a legion of songbirds prompts us to pull over to the curb, grab binoculars, and scramble out of her truck. In deepening grayness,...

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    July 14, 2013

    A brown bear female with three cubs walks along a trail that’s popular with walkers and bicyclists. Photo: Alaska Department of Fish and Game
    Living with Bears: A Continuing Challenge in Alaska’s Urban Center
    Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage

    We’re now deep into summer, which in Anchorage means that conflicts between the city’s human residents and our wild neighbors are at a peak. Most of the problems involve black and grizzly bears, but moose have also made headlines in...

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    February 24, 2013

    6. waxwing eating mtn ash berry
    Musings on Winter’s Darkness and the Ways that Birds Brighten Urban Lives
    Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage

    My enchantment began on a Saturday morning, shortly before solstice and not long after I’d moved from Anchorage’s lowlands to the city’s Hillside area. Lolling in bed, I glanced outside. And there, before me, were several black-capped chickadees flitting about...

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    September 18, 2012

    Bald Eagle
    Rediscovering Wildness—and Finding the “Wild Man”—in Alaska’s Urban Center
    Bill Sherwonit, Anchorage

    I have been getting quite the education on “The Nature of Cities” these past few months, while taking in the perspectives of academics, ecologists, naturalists, architects and urban designers, educators, and conservationists (some contributors wearing several hats). I have been...

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