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On the Trails: Findings on the North Douglas rainforest trail

I have walked Rainforest Trail on North Douglas I-don't-know-how-many times, but every time, there is something worth noticing - including things that I've missed or just didn't think about on past walks there.
Around town for Wednesday, Jan. 7

...Wednesday: Our Little Explorations; Seeing What We Can See, 7 p.m., Thunder Mountain High School-Library. Mary Willson, and Kathy Hocker will share experiences/knowledge from their many explorations in our area.
Explore with Willson, Hocker

Naturalist and artist Kathy Hocker and retired professor of ecology Mary Willson, who also writes a weekly column for the Juneau Empire, will give a talk called "Our Little Explorations - Seeing What We Can...
On the Trails: Herbivores and their plants

When herbivores eat, sometimes they just nibble and there is little impact on the plant or on the consumer. There are two other possibilities.
On the Trails: Trailside scrapbook

Here are some assorted observations from several winter walks, small things that stirred friends and my interest. A common sight in our forests is a "nurse log" that supports a row of small hemlocks and maybe a currant or blueberry bush or two.
Hunters find giant spruce burl; burls' cause a mystery

...kill the tree, but can make it vulnerable to insects and another fungus that does, wrote retired ecology professor Mary Willson last year in an article about the phenomenon. Dwarf mistletoe can kill the hemlocks on which it grows, she said.Burls...

...or surprising humans with seemingly unbirdlike behaviors."I think they just play," retired Professor of ecology Mary Willson said. "They love to just poke at things and play. They sit on top of my car and pull off the rubber on my canoe and...
On the Trails: Rambling

There's little I like better than rambling around the woods, meadows and beaches, just seeing what's to be seen. Sharing these little explorations with a like-minded friend is the best, but solo jaunts are good too. There is always something of interest.
On the Trails: How to be an herbivore

Herbivores are vegetarians, although some snack on meat upon occasion (beavers eat some salmon, deer sometimes eat birds!) Herbivory typically refers to the eating of living plants: leaves, shoots, stems, roots, and flowers.
On the Trails: Little stories on the trail

Out on the wetlands in late September, I spotted a raven carrying a fish up into the conifers at the edge of the meadows.


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