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On the Trails: Cruisin' to Berners Bay

Every year, the Juneau Audubon Society offers several spring cruises to Berners Bay, not far north of town. There is always a hope that the cruise might happen to arrive in the bay during the time when the hooligan (a.k.a.
On the Trails: Being a flower

The first day Goldbelt Mount Roberts Tramway was running, a friend and I went up to try the trail on Gold Ridge.
On the Trails: Visiting Gustavus

One of the first things I noticed upon arriving in Gustavus, a quaint community located northwest of Juneau, was a roadside muskeg in which the shore pines were in sorry shape, with many brown needles.
Outdoors mailbox: 'On the Trails' brings the outdoors to my doorstep

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...
On the Trails: April - the cruelest month

The poet had it right! Although April has often been a benign month here, with lots of sun and rapid warming, this year's April has (so far) offered us lots of rain and temperatures parked around 40 degrees F.
On the Trails: Skunk cabbage and its sex change abilities

Decent weather in early April encouraged several low-elevation jaunts. The Parks and Recreation hikers went to the rock peninsula on the west side of Mendenhall Lake, stopping for lunch amid a fine display of purple mountain saxifrage.
On the Trails: Findings on dredge islands include a stranded octopus

On a fine low tide in late April, I headed out to some of the dredge islands in Gastineau Channel, along with two friends. Before we even got to the islands, we found several interesting things.
On the Trails: A visit to the wetlands reveals surprises, mysteries

Instead of the more usual approaches via the Airport Dike Trail or Industrial Boulevard, we went in via the public access off the Mendenhall Peninsula Road - down the slope through the bear-clawed alders, past the deer-nipped skunk cabbages, across a swamp. Under some sprawling roots we found a heap of mallard feathers, where some ground-predator had enjoyed a meal. Off toward the end of the peninsula lie several shallow ponds, where toad tadpoles could be found in summer, but I don't know if toads still use those ponds.
Photographer Bob Armstrong to lead Fireside Lecture Friday

...natural connections ? how the ecology of one organism can have consequences for others," write Armstrong and ecologist Mary Willson in their book Natural Connections in Alaska. "No organism exists entirely in isolation from others," they note...
Photographer Bob Armstrong to lead Fireside chat

...can have consequences for others," Armstrong wrote in his book "Natural Connections in Alaska," with co-author Mary Willson. Photography can unlock the linkages people observe, including the role humans play, Armstrong said. By seeing and...


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