Reading about porcupine courtship (see last week's essay) made me think about how other animals use this metabolic waste product.
The little ponds that dot many local muskegs are worlds of their own, with a variety of inhabitants. On a September tour of a dozen or two of these ponds at mid elevation, friends and I found several small beasts of interest.
A young porcupine trundled up the trail ahead of us, one day in late September, before seeking cover in the forest nearby. The young ones are about half-grown now and independent of their mothers.
Friday's are special. Mary Willson's column is the first thing I look for and, with her as a guide, I am able to hike all the wonderful trails in and around Juneau...
In early spring, I look forward to seeing the first bumblebees, visiting willow catkins and early blueberry flowers. These are queens, which mated last fall and then hibernated, each one usually in a small chamber she dug in the soil.
Autumn in Juneau can be a bit difficult-shortening days, lots of rain (in my neighborhood, there has been much more than the official numbers - flowers on my deck actually got moldy), migrating songbirds flocking up and leaving us for the south, the end of the flowering season. But there is always (at least) one outdoor thing I look forward to - the ripening of highbush cranberries. This year, there was a bumper crop.
Early September - and Gold Ridge earned its name in a botanical (rather than a mineral) way; the open slopes were covered with the golden leaves of deer cabbage. Color accents came from the scarlet berries and crimson leaves of dwarf dogwood.
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I had never even heard of the beaked whales until a couple of years ago, when a news article reported a dead one, of a rare species, stranded on a beach somewhere in the southern hemisphere.
Gastineau Channel rounds the north end of Douglas Island with a short stretch that runs roughly east-west.
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