Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy New Years

Happy New Years from all us Squirrels here on the Permafrost Ranch.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas 2007

I just want to wish all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all us squirrels here on the Permafrost Ranch.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Here is an example of what happens when a cup of hot water is thrown into the air at -39 F

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Santa Squirrel Live

tengrrl on IRC Network in the chat room #chris did this priceless picture for me. I just wanted to remind everyone, Santa will be streaming live on December 9th - 15th at 8:00 PM EST for one hour on Please stop buy and in the chat room say hello to Santa. He will return the greeting and don't forget get the kids. Santa will wish them a Merry Christmas if you type their name in the chat room.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Land of the High Noon Moon

Isn't it strange, the Land of the Midnight Sun in the winter turns into the Land of the High Noon Moon.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Happy Holiday

I just wanted to wish all a happy holiday from all us squirrels here on the Permafrost Ranch, please stop by the web site and maybe click on a google add or two. or buy a calendar, t-shirt and support the squirrels here on the ranch. Thanks for all your support over the last year. If it wasn't for you, the Great Alaskan Red Squirrel Cam would not be here.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Christmas Gifts

If your looking for a unique Christmas Present, why not try one of the Great Alaskan Red Squirrel Calendars. You can find them on the squirrel cams web page at

Hurry up and order in time to get yours before Christmas.

I know all the squirrels here on the Permafrost Ranch will thank you.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Boreal Chickadee

The light is right for some bird shots early in the morning shortly after sunrise.

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Squirrely Holloween

This is spooky, I saw a red squirrel out on the feeder yesterday evening at around midnight. Now, that is very unusual to see one out in the middle of the night. He must have been getting ready for holloween.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Squirrely Monday

There has always been some reason I've hated Monday mornings, like school, then work, and this morning. The car wouldn't start. It dropped off to -4 this morning here on the Permafrost Ranch. I got a good crop going in this year. Just ask my little buddy here, if she thinks the same.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Remembering Chief David Salmon

I awoke this morning looking out the window to a glowing light from the sunrise. A golden light color from the clouds and fog that had enveloped the dark green on the boreal forest here on the Permafrost Ranch. Sitting here in my chair thinking of todays events to come with a memorial to Chief David Salmon and remembering the past.

The year was 2007, it was July and the out look for the weather that day was Rain, Windy and Cold. The Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwows second day events were about to begin. The morning had been just as predicted, cold wet and windy. Chief David Salmon was on hand for the days activities. Knowing Bob Maquire had a Athabascan Rain Chaser, I asked if Chief David would use it to chase the rain away. He agreed, and soon was in the circle explaining about what he was going to do. He made small joke about the rain chaser he was using. I guess it didn't have the correct end to hang on to attached, but nonetheless he commenced to swing the rain chaser in the four directions and said a prayer to chase the cold and rain away. There wasn't many people there in the stands, and people were just starting to filter in the gate. Still, you just got to believe it will work, that's what Chief David Salmon had just said about the rain chaser. You got to believe.

Believe it, or not within 10 to 15 minutes after his prayer and the swinging of the Rain Chaser. The clouds lightened and begin to lift, the sun came out and within an hour the weather turned warm and beautiful. We had a great Powwow that year and that day was so special.

Remembering that day, the day Chief David Salmon chased the Rain Away.

Monday, October 15, 2007

Just checking In

I just dropped in to see what condition your condition is in.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Unusal Visitor

I had a unusual visitor to the Cam 2 feeder last night. While sitting here at the desk and computer watching the out the window at the feeder for Flying Squirrels to come in. Look who shows up on the feeder. Now this is an old Ferret cage of three stories, or about 5.5 feet off the ground. That vole has to climb a long ways to get to that peanut butter bowel.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lets talk Squirrels

My little buddy rules the east side of the yard. I sometimes wonder what is going through his little mind when he sees me with the camera. Sometimes he leaves quickly and at other times he poses and keeps a close eye on me.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Justice is Knocking

Today, the gavel fell (knock knock knock) on just one of the high and mighty. Guilty as charged. It didn't take long for a jury of his peers to come to a verdict. I hope this is just the beginning. Isn't it ironic. How many more will fall. That's the real question. They thought it was just the way it was suppose to work. They were immune from the laws they made for those they represented. How many more now think that. How many more have dodged the arrow of justice so far. Do they think it won't come back to haunt them or that they just won't be caught. Are they sleeping well tonight. I hope not. I know I will sleep well, just knowing that justice is being served. Will they hear that same gavel fall. knock knock knock

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Daydreams in time

I was very melancholy yesterday. The summer has slipped away, and today is my youngest daughters 31st birthday. My mood has always taken a trip south this time of the year. It reminds me of that old song from the late 50's or early 60's who's author slips my mind, but the verse doesn't. " My heart goes where the wild goose goes" I too, yearn to fly south. I guess like summer, I've worn my welcome out here in the far north. I was just sitting in my office watching out the window in a half daydream state when the urge to walk upon a sandy beach became almost overpowering. In my minds eye I slipped back to the days of my youth, and the beaches of South Padre Island. It is there where I would drive my old chevy down the beach until I was far away from the last people towards the Land Cut. This was as far as one could drive. It is there on those stretches of beach where no one mostly went except a few hardy fisherman that I found some peace of mind. I would build a fire, throw out a fishing line and just sit on the beach with my back towards the setting sun. It was there were I left the troubles of my youth behind and that urge to return to those earlier days was overwhelming. I could hear the gulls and the crash of the waves on the beach and feel that sand beneath my toes. Then the phone rang, and the daydream faded away with the reality of the life I lead now. It only made the melancholy worse.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Winter's Arrival

Winter arrived today, it was 18 degrees here on the old Permafrost Ranch.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Red Squirrel cuties

Here is today's capture. This is the one who comes to the feeder and looks in the window at me, or the door. Saying Papa come give me some pecans. She takes them right from my hands.

Dirty Little River Town 2

I know I'm beating a dead horse with this, but I'm going to flail
away. I submitted a letter to the editor called " A Dirty Little
River Town" (Sept. 12, 2007). I had a response to that letter written by several
members of management at the agency I recently quit from. I left there because of
what I and others perceive to be corruption of or at least mismanagement by
the board of directors relating to personnel matters within the agency.

Now, I won't take offense at the remark that it was me who had the
blackened shriveled rock for a heart or the remarks from the others. My first sentence in my
previous letter was "Overall the people of Alaska are fairly
decent folks" and I'll stand by that statement. It's not all people
of Alaska who are corrupted. It's a small minority of those in power or in
positions of trust who seem to be tainted and those few who follow them or want to be just like them. Their hypocrisy knows no bounds. The sad part of this is just as I
stated in the earlier blog: "The big movers and shakers of business in Alaska are
all mostly tainted with corruption, cronyism and dirty dealings."

I have to admit that my original statement wasn't entirely correct. I should have said the big movers and shakers of business and politics in Alaska. My mistake.

I could list them if you wish, but I'll leave that up to the readers
to research that for themselves. Although I will add this to
the mix. The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
(CREW) released its third annual report on the most corrupt members
of Congress. Their web site is

I'll let you look for yourself and you make the decision as to where
Alaska stands in the eyes of the rest of the country. Now before
anyone takes offense to this letter, let me say that Alaskans don't do it
like they do it outside of here. We do it our way. I'm not betting on this dead horse but I think we will come in first when the race is over.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Fox Sparrow

I love these little birds, called Fox Sparrows. I only see them in the summer and fall of the year, they seem to go away during the winter time. It was cool this morning when I awoke. 32 degrees, I'm afraid our summer has just faded away.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

For us

I listened to a local politicians interview yesterday. A good man and like most politicians, he is all for Alaska and Alaskans. Just as those who have fallen from power, they are just good old boys trying to help us out and do the right thing. Of course, we should believe him, he has no personal ax to grind and just wants to do right. That's why he ran for office. To do good and what's right for Alaskans. Oh and those he admired and emulated did made mistakes but it was because they are just good old boys who didn't know any better. Small mistakes not intentional and that's how business was done. The intent was good but you have to remember. We did it for you, just as all of the decisions that we make are for. Okay, I'll buy into that. So, I won't judge you on those you have supported in the past or how you voted for and on issues that have failed, because you did it for us. That was your intent and it was to help Alaska and Alaskans.
I just have to remember, he's there for us. Working hard everyday to make sure Alaska and Alaskans get what's coming to them.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

End of Summer

I know for many in the lower 48 you are still locked into the dog days of summer. Well, stay tuned because fall has arrived here in the Great Land.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Red sunrise and Rainbow

I awoke the other mornig and watched the sky turned a really deep I quickly grabbed my camera and headed out the front door. On that side of the house was a rainbow in a red sky. These pictures don't really do it much justice but I thought I would post them anyway.

This Dirty Little River Town

Overall, the people of Alaska are fairly decent folks. None the less, one has to remember we have more than our fair share of crooks, cons, thieves and dirty politicians. If the recent events doesn't remind you of this and makes one shake their head in amazement, then you haven't been paying close attention. From the highest office of the our Government and Governor to the lowest dealings of past Mayor of Fairbanks. The big movers and shakers of business in Alaska are all mostly tainted with corruption, cronyism, and dirty dealings. It filters down to and permeates almost everything. It is a extremely dirty little river town, that was founded by a crook here on the banks of the Chena river. A dead and departed local business man and city founder once told me that, and he said people here will stab you in the back for the gold in your teeth, while smiling and shaking your hand. Being young and foolish, I didn't believe him. It's true though and The Golden Heart of Alaska really is a blackened shriveled rock. It is overwhelming us with the stench of rot, even while standing among the flowers and pristine beauty of our Great Land here in this Dirty Little River Town

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Birds of Alaska

One is a Fox Sparrow and the other is the Hoary Woodpecker.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Snow Shoe Hare

This little hare was up on the stump eating sunflower seeds

Monday, September 03, 2007

Canadian Jays(Camp Robbers)

The jays have been hitting the feeder bowls really hard. I'm going through about a bowl a day of molasses and peanut butter. The greedy little suckers. Not only them, but my Magpie buddy, who I haven't seen all summer has showed up at the feeders this early fall. Winter is coming, the leaves on the trees are changing colors and it's been in the low 30's already. I'm never ready for winter it seems.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

My New Medicine Bag

Here is my new Medicine Bag, made by Tonya Esmailka for me.

Hand Feeding my Squirrels

It's amazing to me, but I have gotten my squirrels to take food from my hand. At the feeders only.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Thursday, August 16, 2007

New Director

I have a new director of the organization I work for. If you care to know, I work for ALPA, or the Adult Learning Programs of Alaska. The new director is Lynette Bergh.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Red Squirrel Calendar

Hello Everyone, I've got a beautiful gift from the Permafrost Ranch, it's a Red Squirrel Calendar. Go to this web page and order yours right away. My little squirrel buddies will thank you for it.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Double Dose of Red Squirrel Day

I've been lax in posting daily. I should be doing productive work, but what is more productive than taking care of my little buddies. So here is a double dose of the good squirrel life here on the Permafrost Ranch.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Tuesday, July 31, 2007


Filling up on the high octane bowl here at the Permafrost Ranch:

Friday, July 20, 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

2007 Powwow

I'm sure everyone has been wondering where I've been. I've been at our local powwow. I was chosen this year to be the MC of our event. It's always special but to be the MC makes it even more special to me. Thanks to the Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow First Council for this honor. Here is a picture of the lodge after we got it set up the day before the event.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

4th of July

I was taking pictures downtown on the 4th of July for the Native Veterans Association I belong to and of some of our participants in the parade. The Soldiers in front of the Striker have recently return from Iraq.

Monday, July 02, 2007

RIP little Girl

We lost the little female that was born this spring out on the road I'm sorry to say. Here is the last couple of photographs I got of her. It really saddens me, I miss her antics in the yard and her voice when I walk out to the green house where she had taken up residence. If I could stop them from crossing the road I would.