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New Facilities Give Alaskan Visitors Close-Up Views of Wildlife

Visitors can get a closer look at wildlife on new boardwalks and viewing stations at two Alaskan facilities.

A $14 million expansion of the Douglas Island Pink and Chum Macaulay Hatchery in Juneau allows visitors to stroll along a skywalk that overlooks king and coho salmon fry growing in four large concrete tanks and an observation deck that makes guests feel like they are standing over the water.

The expansion also includes a salt-water aquarium and interactive displays.

The Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Girdwood, 47 miles from Anchorage overlooking Turnagain Arm, has built a new Point and Estuary Boardwalk, which will showcases tidal exchanges, fish runs, beluga whales and various weather events.

The 65-acre Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center takes in injured and orphaned animals year-round. Animals such as bears, moose, eagles, coyotes and elk that cannot be released into the wild are given a permanent home at the center.