Encounters is a weekly natural history adventure that takes listeners deep into the northern wilds (and occasionally the Australian outback). The program airs on Public Radio stations around Alaska and the Lower 48. It’s hosted by writer-naturalist Richard Nelson and longtime NPR reporter Elizabeth Arnold.

Each episode evokes the sounds and feelings of the natural world, as we explore the tundra and forest, drift near calving glaciers, trek remote ridges, and watch animals ranging from brown bears and humpback whales to bald eagles and hummingbirds. Along the way, we delve into the insights of science, the wisdom of native traditions, and the richness of our wild heritage.


Here's a short video of pink salmon, also called humpies, moving up the Indian River in Sitka to spawn--the same river they were born in two years earlier. What you see is just a few feet of the river. Read more.

Eighteen months ago, Encounters received support from the Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund to make two radio programs about salmon and to produce companion online materials. And in the process, we became completely enthralled by salmon—arguably the most important wild species of our time. Learn more.