Before modern times spring was a scary time of year for those living in Alaska. This was the time that starvation was a real threat to people. In spring the snow is almost gone and the lake ice is rotten. The rivers are choked with ice and rushing water making travel by boat impossible. There are no berries to pick, fishing is difficult and dangerous and without boats or dog teams it is hard to get to the game animals. Folks just tightened their belts, listened to the skies, waited for the ice to melt and open water to appear. Finally the honking of migrating geese and ducks would ring out in the sky. I remember a Yupik Elder telling me how exciting it was to hear that sound knowing that fresh meat would soon be eaten around the camp fire.