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

...presumably wait somewhat longer, so the new cubs are strong enough to follow mom around the forest.I can't claim that spring has sprung, but it may be creeping up on us, all the same.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-27/trails-winter-falls-away-bears-hoote
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On the Trails: Fossil hunting in Juneau

...But they are interesting and instructive all the same, providing insight into changes in our so-changeable landscape.Thanks to a friendly local geologist for useful references.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-20/trails
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On the Trails: Despite being tiny, bird brains can beat out humans

...worthy of respect, even though Darwin paved the way more than 150 years ago. We can be very slow learners, despite our much-vaunted gray cells. Perhaps there is a lesson there!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-13/trails-despite-being-tiny-bird-brain
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On the Trails: Dung fungus, wha?!

...time-course of the animals' demise in various regions of the island. As in other regions, the eventual introduction of domestic livestock brought a rise in the occurrence of the spores.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-03-06/trails-dung-fungus-wha
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On the Trails: Owl encounters

...independently and in slightly different ways. Larger owls have not differentiated so greatly over that area, for some unknown reason, but it is interesting to contemplate and conjecture.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-02-27/trails-owl-encounters
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On the Trails: Snow at last!

...had glided down onto the snow, wallowed forward for a few feet, and taken flight once more, leaving tell-tale depressions (from the jumping take-off) flanked by wing marks. ? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-02-20/trails-snow-last
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On the Trails: Regurgitation!

...pellets. We learned a lot about the kinds of prey that had been eaten, by doing a little forensic work on the jawbones, teeth, and sometimes entire crania we found in the pellets.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-02-13/trails-regurgitation
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On the Trails: Findings on the North Douglas rainforest trail

...don't usually renest in a site where their previous nest failed, so (if this was the same individual), she had been successful here before. Who was it? Possibly a junco ...? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-01-23/trails-findings-north-douglas-rainfo
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Explore with Willson, Hocker

Naturalist and artist Kathy Hocker and retired professor of ecology Mary Willson, who also writes a weekly column for the Juneau Empire, will give a talk called "Our Little Explorations - Seeing...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-01-02/explore-willson-hocker
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On the Trails: Herbivores and their plants

...not necessarily simple! The plants are not merely inert victims of munching animals. A close look is needed to understand what is going on and then explore the ramifying consequences.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-01-02/trails-herbivores-and-their-plants
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