Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series

Alaska Wildlife Notebook Series – http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=educators.notebookseries

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where do polar bears live?
  • Where do harlequin ducks make their nests?
  • How long is a flying squirrel?


From the website, “the new edition, revised by department biologists, features more than 150 different animals. Included are: big game, small game, furbearers, nongame animals, birds, fish, shellfish, reptile and amphibians. Each chapter offers insights into the life history, reproductions, feeding habits, management and conservation of Alaska’s diverse wildlife.”

The information contained in these PDF notebook chapters varies, but almost all contain a life history and most will include descriptions of the animal and its range. Check out the entry for polar bears and see why one dominating the streets of Juneau and Ketchikan would be laughed off the pages of a book. A few entries, such as the one for Alaskan King Crab, offer advice on how to cook the animal.



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