Snow Goose Kanguq ~ Anser Caerulescens

October 3, 2018 0

by Frank Keim Every fall while teaching in Scammon Bay in the 1980’s I used to hear Snow geese “barking” high in the sky as they wended their way east then south during migration. This […]


Common Raven Tulukaruq

August 8, 2018 0

by Frank Keim Ever wondered why the Raven is called Tulukaruq in Yup’ik? Well, all it takes is a little imagination and a little twisting and turning of your tongue, mouth and vocal cords, and […]


Wilson’s Snipe ~ Capella gallinago Kukukuaq

May 16, 2018 0

by Frank Keim Listen carefully high above you in spring (and sometimes even in fall) and you may be lucky enough to hear the Wilson’s snipe’s haunting winnowing call, woo-woo-woo-woo. You won’t mistake this sound […]


Death of the Thunderbirds

November 16, 2017 0

by Frank Keim A long time ago two giant thunderbirds used to have their nest in the mountains above Ohagmiut. They were always very hungry, and people were warned not to wear their parkas with the […]


Gray-cheeked Thrush Yuulerviaguq/Suulerviaguq

July 25, 2017 0

by Frank Keim The Gray-cheeked thrush is probably the shyest of all the brown-backed thrushes. You won’t see them very often during their migration, because they do so at night, although since the boreal north […]


Trumpeter Swan (Caqulegpak)

May 9, 2017 0

by Frank Keim If you’ve watched Trumpeter swans, there are two things you notice right from the get-go: their enormous size and their loud resonant call, which reminds me of, well, a trumpet. Trumpeters are […]


Red-necked Grebe Aayuli/Aarayuli

February 20, 2017 0

by Frank Keim The Yup’ik names of the Red-necked grebe describe this bird well. Both of the above names mean, “the one that really knows how to moan and scream loud.” Yes, indeed, they are […]