The days are getting shorter in Haines, and the summer season has officially come to a close. Without cruise ships, this year has looked vastly different than any in recent memory. Instead of educating our tens of thousands of usual guests in person, staff has spent the past few months completing larger projects in the museum and raptor center and educating virtual visitors. With fall setting in, the projects are finishing up and staff is preparing for winter.
In the natural history museum, the new diorama interpretations are receiving finishing touches while staff prepares for the yearly clean and maintenance of over 200 specimens. In the raptor center, roof modifications and snow break installation will ensure snow does not pile up in the aviaries. Reinforcing breezeway doors and supplying power for heat and lighting also have been important wintering steps before the snow begins to fall. While we are grateful for the quiet summer to complete projects, we are looking forward to welcoming guests back to enjoy the updates we have made this summer!