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On the Trails: Lupine puzzles

Lupine plants are common around here, and perhaps you've noticed that the uppermost petal (the so-called banner petal) is sometimes white and sometimes dark pink or almost purple, while the side petals are typically blue.
On the Trails: Ralston Island

On a recent morning, friends and I arrived at the wide beach on Ralston Island with a following breeze and set out to explore. The trail marked on old topographic maps proved hard to find, but a maze of deer trails made it easy to move around the forest.
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...
Authors at sea

...Armstrong, Ann Boochever, Jeff Brown, Richard Carstensen, Ernestine Hayes, Kim Heacox, Mark Kelley, Jim Mackovjak and Mary Willson.Tickets are on sale at both Hearthside Books locations and are $50.For more information, visit http://www...
On the Trails: Happy endings

I hang out near the Mendenhall glacier quite often and, as the season progresses, I get to see many interesting things. Sometimes the observations make a nice story. Here are two little stories with happy endings.
Part II: 2014 Juneau trail roundup to get that replaced in coming years. Granite Creek Trail: According to recent reports from frequent trail user Mary Willson, the Granite Creek Trail, which begins off of the Perseverance Trail, has some bad spots. The avalanche that has...
Bird Bits: The invisible bird

...That's it. That's all I saw. The gray bird, a variation of the "little brown job," was identified for me by Mary Willson on Beaver Patrol in the Dredge Lake area. "Warbling Vireo," she said with authority that I respect. The song mnemonic...
Thank you from Wildlife Wednesdays

...series featured: Bob Armstrong, Mary Willson, Karen Blejwas, Kathy Hocker...Irene Morris, Helen Unruh and Mary Willson. To attendees who volunteered...several copies of Bob Armstrong and Mary Willson's book, Natural Connections...
On the Trails: March meanders

Our meanderings in March produced some interesting observations. One day, we followed a tiny creek up a hill, through the forest, to a muskeg. At the edge of that muskeg, our canine companion showed great interest in some blueberry stems.
On the Trails: Prowling the intertidal

I find it great fun to go out on a minus tide and prowl along the exposed intertidal zone. It's a bit like a treasure hunt, seeing how many different kinds of invertebrates and little fishes I can find.


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