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On the Trails: Skunk cabbage and its sex change abilities

...on this stream. But this year the disturbance of the nest site area by humans has been serious. The little waterfall...too many people to the gravel bar that is very near the nest site, preventing the birds from courtship and nest-building...
On the Trails: Bumblebees

...they may then rear their own sons (from unfertilized eggs). Sometimes a late-emerging queen who fails to find a good nest site turns assassin, invading a recently established nest of the same (or closely related) species, killing the resident...
On the Trails: Kingfishers

...was watching a pair of dippers that had a nest in an old broken-down wooden dam. I sat on a brushy cliff above the nest site, watching the dippers go about their business of raising a family. The dippers paid me no heed, coming and going up...
Late August in Granite Basin

...the edges of the pool at the entrance to basin and swam in the shallows after aquatic insects. The dippers' customary nest site below the big waterfall had been under snow for the last two springs and was therefore unusable, but they may have nested...
The nesting American Dipper

...vantage point toward a site used for nesting in previous years. Then we moved downhill and looked upstream toward the old nest site. And bingo. Here came a dipper carrying food in its bill. Apparently the rascals put this year's nest where it was...
Land swap near ski area raises worries at city hall

...assessment of the project was that development of the parcel could impact goshawk habitat and use of an inactive goshawk nest site. Palmer said the city disagrees with the finding. "The transfer of the federal property to a private owner without...
Airport eagles' nest will be moved more quickly

...and lay an egg it becomes off-limits for removal, so they need to watch for when the birds start dragging sticks to a nest site. Board member Laurie Berg asked if they had permission from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Borchert said they...
Perseverance Trail in the summer

...but deep snow clogged the valley below the falls. So it was impossible for American dippers to return to their usual nest site on the streamside cliffs. Parts of the trail were well-buried, too. But there was a nice, dry spot of subalpine...
Early spring on The Rock

...glacier had a nesting pair of American Dippers last summer, and we saw a dipper fidgeting about near the old nest site. This nest site was not the usual niche on a cliff but deep in a tiny cave under a large boulder. The only approach to the nest...
Sightings in April

...visited the area every few days, and the battles raged for at least two weeks, before one pair gave up and abandoned their nest site.Out at Eagle Beach, there's a big log whose roots are exposed to salt water and spray at high tides, and they seem...


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