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Litterbirds

...ravens misbehaving or surprising humans with seemingly unbirdlike behaviors."I think they just play," retired Professor of ecology Mary Willson said. "They love to just poke at things and play. They sit on top of my car and pull off the rubber...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-12-17/litterbirds
Local
Winter whites

...The studly principle has also been recorded from a number of other species, including humans (although the studs are not generally the males favored for long-term relationships).? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-12/winter-whites
Outdoors
On the Trails: Rambling

...presumably grabbing the pieces, and the gulls came to get the scraps. Maybe I should be spending more time near the big water!Today, my verbal rambling may match the real rambling!Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-11-28/trails-rambling
Outdoors
Small size, big appetites

...vertebrate-style functional digestive organs, circulatory system and brain into a very small package. As usual, there's lots of questions but thinking about them is part of the fun.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-12-05/small-size-big-appetites
Outdoors
On the Trails: How to be an herbivore

...have low metabolic rates and take days to slowly process their plant food. These observations beg the question: why aren't all plant-eaters slow?!More things to think about!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-11-07/trails-how-be-herbivore
Outdoors
On the Trails: Frosty paradise

...of angular, linear crystals lined up at right angles to each other. And so on! Next time we get a good crop of hoar frost, go and see for yourself! It's a real visual treat.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-11-21/trails-frosty-paradise
Outdoors
On the Trails: Hunting success

...whales and wolves, often use sophisticated strategies and complex tactics in capturing prey, and in such cases, the learning period for juveniles is extended to several years.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-11-14/trails-hunting-success
Outdoors
On the Trails: Little stories on the trail

...stem revealed three dark, slender millipedes; what were they doing in there? Every time we go out to find something of interest, we find at least two or three things! What fun.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-10-31/trails-little-stories-trail
Outdoors
On the Trails: The many uses of urine

...and other tissues. Many other medical applications are part of folklore, and indeed may be efficacious, but they could use verification by scientific study.Very versatile stuff!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-10-17/trails-many-uses-urine
Outdoors
On the Trails: Muskeg ponds

...often a prey item is captured - and perhaps compare the "hunting success" of bladderworts with our other insectivorous plants (sundews, butterwort). Ah well, perhaps next year!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-10-03/trails-muskeg-ponds
Outdoors

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