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On the Trails: Ralston Island

...and constantly just to keep from going backward! We made slow progress between these gusts, but it still took about four hours of nonstop hard paddling to get back to camp. Ooooofff!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-07-11/trails-ralston-island
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On the Trails: Prowling the intertidal

...her burrow. When the young emerge from the cocoon, they are little wormlets that forage over the sediments near the surface.I'm looking forward to our next "treasure hunt"!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-06-06/trails-prowling-intertidal
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On the Trails: Happy endings

...learning how to feed themselves. Two days later, I heard a junco family in the brush not far away, dittering to each other. So I concluded that this was another success story.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-06-20/trails-happy-endings
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On the Trails: Bear watching in spring

...twenty minutes, mama called the young 'uns down. They gamboled up to her, in her mossy nest, and nursed for a few minutes, humming softly. Then they all departed up the hill.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-06-13/trails-bear-watching-spring
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On the Trails: Going to Granite Creek Basin

...was no nesting there recently. But this year, the snow bridge was gone and the nesting cliffs were largely exposed, so - just maybe - a pair of dippers could raise a family there. ? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-05-29/trails-going-granite-creek-basin
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On the Trails: Spring has sprung

...smell, and got pollen all over my nose (no, I did not then visit female catkins and try to deposit pollen ...).The progress of spring offers much for all the senses. Try it!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-05-23/trails-spring-has-sprung
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On the Trails: Purple mountain saxifrage

...word of caution: If you see this pretty plant in the wild, please do not remove it! That deprives lots of other folks of the pleasure of finding and seeing it in its natural setting.? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-05-16/trails-purple-mountain-saxifrage
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On the Trails: March meanders

...robin's nest, mud-walled inside the moss-and-twig mix, and frozen solid. Now the question became - what was that raven really doing? Bombing us, as message? Playing games?? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-05-09/trails-march-meanders
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On the Trails: Anticipating spring

...thrush, and the first flush of green leaves. There'll be something new almost every day!Make your own calendar of small "events" as spring unreels itself, and enjoy them all!? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-04-25/trails-anticipating-spring
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On the Trails: The cost of making males

...different parasites that occupy all the various nooks and crannies of their bodies. It takes a lot of 'running' to keep up with all the parasites, which are playing the same game! ? Mary F. Willson is a retired professor of ecology.

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-04-18/trails-cost-making-males
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