Every year we look forward to a few key things here at Caribou Lodge Alaska that signal the seasons.
The bird migration is a refreshing sign of spring.
Cow moose move in closer around the lodge and use the open tundra as a nursery as they raise their calves, and that is a sure sign that summer has arrived.
But one of the biggest signs for us that summer is almost over is every August after the millions of blueberries ripen and instinctively the black bear know that it is time to pack on as many extra calories as they can before they head into the hills and begin hibernation.
Black bear will spend more than 20 hours per day eating berries and only take brief naps between feedings just to make sure they get as fat as possible. It has been recorded that a black bear will consume up to 20 pounds (9 kg) of berries in one day.
Many people are nervous about hiking in bear country, which is why here at Caribou Lodge we guide all the hiking trips so you're always with one of our experienced long-time Alaskan guides.
In our experience, they really do a great job to leave us alone as they are just content to be eating berries almost non-stop!