Jack and I found the most amazing sight back in 2006 when we pulled into Happy Valley along the Dalton Highway. Happy Valley is a former pipeline camp at about mile 335 that now is a gravel pullout where various storage units are kept. There’s an airstrip that hunters and Fish & Game use, and Jack has seen mushers there too.
A raven built a nest in a set of moose antlers on the side of a building and 2 young ravens were in it!
This raven nest, with 2 babies in it, is built in a set of moose antlers on the side of a building!
You can see how much of a mess the raven family has made with guano all over the steps, propane tanks and the side of the building.
What a work of art!
The “babies” were absolutely quiet and watchful while I snapped photos and even climbed up on a nearby truck to get on the same level as them. They did not seem traumatized. :)
Jack had a close encounter with a very friendly raven a few years ago too.
Raven sitting on Jack’s truck hood and peering inside the cab.
Don’t worry, I discussed with Jack how it’s not appropriate to feed wild animals and that it might even be against the law! :)
They are amazing creatures. So smart!