© 2007 Gary Carlson

Our Suggested Reading List

A little background can do much to increase your understanding and appreciation of Alaska, the Great Land. Here are some favorites of ours.

© 2010

Guide Favorites

The Nature of Southeast Alaska
O'Claire, Armstrong, Carstensen
Outstanding holistic look at the geology, habitats and animals of the Inside Passage and how they interact.

The Natural History of Gustavus
Greg Streveler
A beautifully illustrated book, alive with detail and insights about the inter-relationships of this dynamic, unique area.

The Book of the Tongass
Carolyn Servid & David Snow
Spirit Walker's trips are conducted in the Tongass National Forest, the heart the world's largest temperate rainforest and the largest national forest in the US. This book is a fine collection of writings that capture the region's incredible beauty and presents the unfinished story of human interdependence and influence in one of the last, best places there is.

Alaska's Watchable Whales - Humpback and Killer Whales
Mark Kelley & John Hyde
Five Alaskan's worked on this book — two photographers and three writers. They each worked decades onshore, near the whale waters of Alaska, and collectively spent thousands of days offshore with the giant mammals.

Killer Whales of Southeast Alaska
Matkin, Graeme, Saulitis, Barrett-Lennard, Matkin
Information about killer whales (orcas) fires the imagination of so many people. This book, by leading researchers, gives us a most comprehensive look into the complex natural history and lives of these amazing creatures.

Marine Mammals of Alaska
Kate Wynne
A sturdy, spiral-bound guide designed for use in the field, the book features large color photographs, profiles and helpful drawings.

Guide to the Birds of Alaska
Robert H. Armstrong.
A comprehensive guide to Alaska's birds, with wonderful photographs.

Beachcombers Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest
J. Duane Sept
A concise, beautifully illustrated guide to the most common inter-tidal animals and plants of the Pacific Northwest.

Travels in Alaska
John Muir
A classic and awe inspiring book about John Muir's travels through Southeast Alaska.

A Child's Glacier Bay
Kimberly & Hannah Corral
A look at a family's kayaking trip to Glacier Bay. This is a great introduction to young readers who want to learn about kayaking, camping, and the natural history of the area.

Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast
Pojar/ Mackinnon
An easy-to-use guide featuring 794 species of plants commonly found along the Pacific coast.


Listen to podcasts of Encounters with Richard Nelson!

Encounters is a weekly radio program by Alaska's acclaimed cultural anthropologist and nature writer, Richard Nelson. These will surely get you in the mood for an adventure in the wilds of Alaska. Download a few episodes for the plane ride north!

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The ancestral home of the Tlingit people who now live across Icy Strait in Hoonah was Glacier Bay. They were evicted by advancing glaciers during the Little Ice Age — which reached its peak just 250 years ago.

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