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On the Trails: Magpies

...other magpies, and they all gather around the corpse for a short time. It's a bit like conducting a wake in human society, although the exact function of these funerals is not known.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-11-13/trails-magpies
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On the Trails: Early fall observations

...photo was taken, I released the owl and, undeterred by its own capture, it flew straightaway into the next net after another captured songbird. Indomitable! No stopping that one!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-10-23/trails-early-fall-observations
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On the Trails: Minature lives of spores and seeds

...seed-bearing plants that now inhabit the land. Or did the environment change in some way that made it advantageous for plant offspring to start off with the support of stored food?? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-10-16/trails-minature-lives-spores-and-see
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On the Trails: Animals disguised by 'trash backpacks'

...Florida tortoise beetle larvae recycle their own feces, making a thatch that covers the body and deters many predators (but not all ... a certain predatory beetle is undeterred).? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-10-09/trails-animals-disguised-trash-backp
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On the Trails: What happens when animals eat poisons?

...They then become very vulnerable to predators and disturbances that might send them crashing into something. Do they eat fermented fruits only when other ripe fruits are hard to find?? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-09-11/trails-what-happens-when-animals-eat
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On the Trails: Debunking mysteries of the monkshood flower

...chewing a hole in the hood and reaching into the nectary that way. Nectar robbing may reduce visits by good pollinators and has the potential to reduce both pollen export and deposition.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-08-28/trails-debunking-mysteries-monkshood
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On the Trails: Finding noise in the 'Quiet'

...I've focused here on auditory perceptions. But perhaps it is useful to keep in mind that we can use all of our senses when we are out and about, and doing so can enrich the experience. ? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-11-06/trails-finding-noise-quiet
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On the Trails: Mutual bonds

...North America, it became a highly invasive weed, in large part because it kills or damages the plant/fungus partnerships that prevail here, so the native species fail to thrive.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-10-30/mutual-bonds
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Willow ptarmigan

...denser than summer plumage and that, together with a seasonally greater metabolic tolerance of low temperatures and the habit of burrowing into the snow blanket, helps keep them warm.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-10-02/willow-ptarmigan
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On the Trails: Early September observations

...jumping off to the side in efforts to elude the giant maws (as we often see when the whales feed on schools of small fish), so perhaps krill were the big attraction for the hunters.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-09-25/trails-early-september-observations
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