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On the Trails: Skunk cabbage and its sex change abilities

...watching them. One can hope that humans can eventually learn to avoid disturbing birds at their nest sites.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-17/trails-skunk-cabbage-and-its-sex-cha
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On the Trails: A visit to the wetlands reveals surprises, mysteries

...the many different microhabitats on the gnarly rootwads), but a more casual approach could be instructive.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-10/trails-visit-wetlands-reveals-surpri
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On the Trails: Strolling in the March sunshine

...and scrabbling over a log jam. If funding comes through, there may someday be a real bridge over this creek.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-04-03/trails-strolling-march-sunshine
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On the Trails: As winter falls away, bears, hooters, mountain goats appear again

...around the forest.I can't claim that spring has sprung, but it may be creeping up on us, all the same.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-27/trails-winter-falls-away-bears-hoote
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On the Trails: Fossil hunting in Juneau

...insight into changes in our so-changeable landscape.Thanks to a friendly local geologist for useful references.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-20/trails
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On the Trails: Despite being tiny, bird brains can beat out humans

...ago. We can be very slow learners, despite our much-vaunted gray cells. Perhaps there is a lesson there!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-13/trails-despite-being-tiny-bird-brain
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Exploring the realities of the 'butterfly effect' in Alaska

...Fireside lecture about "Natural Connections in Alaska," the subject, and title, of a book he wrote with ecologist Mary F. Willson. Redbreasted sapsuckers and wood debris piles in rivers may not be quite as fragile as a butterfly's wings, but...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-25/exploring-natural-connections
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On the Trails: Dung fungus, wha?!

...other regions, the eventual introduction of domestic livestock brought a rise in the occurrence of the spores.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-06/trails-dung-fungus-wha
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On the Trails: Owl encounters

...differentiated so greatly over that area, for some unknown reason, but it is interesting to contemplate and conjecture.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-02-27/trails-owl-encounters
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On the Trails: Snow at last!

...taken flight once more, leaving tell-tale depressions (from the jumping take-off) flanked by wing marks. ? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-02-20/trails-snow-last
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