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On the Trails: As winter falls away, bears, hooters, mountain goats appear again

The days grow longer and we all start wishing that spring would be here NOW! Indeed, spring is slowly, slowly springing. Perhaps it got a bit confused by the lack of a real winter? Or perhaps we are just a tad over-eager.
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...
On the Trails: Fossil hunting in Juneau

My two companions scrambled up the soggy slope with agile ease, and I lumbered along behind. My main job, as usual, was to throw sticks for the four-footed friend, but our real mission was finding fossils.
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...
On the Trails: Despite being tiny, bird brains can beat out humans

When someone does something stupid or behaves in a scatter-brained way, we may jeeringly, scornfully, call that person a "birdbrain"! But wait a minute: Is that epithet really accurate or fitting? Consider some of the amazing things that avian brains accomplish!
On the Trails: Dung fungus, wha?!

Animal dung has many uses, both to its producers and to other organisms.
On the Trails: Owl encounters

Owls are fascinating creatures and I've long found them a special sort of bird. But not being a nocturnal animal myself (dare I say not a "night owl"?), I've never been involved in research on owls.
On the Trails: Snow at last!

After a very dreary, dismal January, February produced some nice snow. Not enough, of course, and it didn't last. But for a few days, snow made the daylight hours brighter and provided splendid opportunities for reading critter tracks.
On the Trails: Regurgitation!

As humans, we don't like to think about regurgitation because we associate it with sickness, but we, and at least some other mammals and birds, use it as a way to rid ourselves of noxious materials.
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.


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