Wildflowers

Fireweed

Alaska’s Summer Clock is Ticking

fireweed field at sunset, Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge
The sun sets over a meadow of fireweed in Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge 📷 USFWS/Lisa Hupp

Alaska’s short, sweet summer is usually in full swing by the time you really notice it. “Better hurry and enjoy it,” the fireweed says as blooms march up its stem. Another beautiful Alaska summer gone by, marked by fireweed flowers going to seed as salmon runs shift to Coho and start to dwindle. As the saying goes: “when fireweed turns to cotton

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Stories from Alaska by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service