Rarer than a black swan, it is said the white raven (Dena’ina: ggugguyni) symbolizes healing for Alaska Native cultures and people. This particular raven has been spotted frequently around midtown Anchorage since October. The bird has blue eyes, which indicates leucism, a lack of melanin pigments in some or all feathers. State biologists have described its appearance “truly a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.”

Photo by Lucas Karp.