A female sooty grouse crosses a road behind Petersburg airport. (Joe Viechnicki/KFSK)

As springtime awakes in Southeast Alaska, young hunters in Petersburg can learn about hunting and handling grouse and other small game birds in a class offered this month. It’s the first time an “Alaskans Afield” class has been offered here. That’s an educational program offered by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and a non-profit called the Outdoor Heritage Foundation of Alaska. Rick Merizon, a small game biologist with the state will be teaching the class April 9th. For a preview, Joe Viechnicki spoke with Abby McAllister, a wildlife educator with Fish and Game’s division of wildlife conservation.

There’s space for a dozen people in the class and about half are filled. It will be Tuesday, April 9th from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the life sciences class at Petersburg High School. Register online here.