Sitka Nature Homepage

SitkaNature Weblog

A blog of thoughts, observations, and photos from an Aspiring Naturalist in the Sitka Area

SitkaBirds List (subscribe here)

SitkaBirds List is an e-mail list for birding around Sitka. It is my hope that it can serve as an efficient means of notifying others of sightings that may be unusual or of interest. If you are interested, please subscribe here.

Natural History Seminar List (subscribe here)

The Natural History Seminar List is an announcement list for natural history related talks taking place in Sitka.

The Birds of Sitka, Alaska by J. Dan Webster.

A comprehensive summary of published historical records (including looks at museum specimens) for the Sitka area.

Species Checklists for Southeast Alaska


Pre-2007 Photojournal: Photos and journal entries from 1998-2006 (on a different site)

Sitka Trail Guide (on another site)

A trail guide I am working on for trails on the Sitka Road system. It was on (or just off of) many of these trails where I took many of the photos seen here.

12 Responses to Sitka Nature Homepage

  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Sally says:

    This is an amazing effort, already well underway! As a botanist/naturalist, I naturally went straight to the plant page. Two hemlocks! You are so lucky. Thanks for the great photos and site!

  3. Christopher Tedin says:

    Thanks for the great site. Was referred to by Marge Ward and Marlys Tedin (my aunt). I’m a displaced native (not a blood native, just born there) Now living in Chicago. Your site really tugs my strings to get back there for an extended period of time. Keep it up. Your photography is really coming along! Hard to take a bad shot around that area, if you are “in it” as much as you are. Keep hiking and sending pics. I’ll be there soon!

  4. Pat Hefley says:

    I had a friend send me some of the sound clips you have made. Wonderful! Do you have a mailing list in which you send out info from time to time? if so, please put me on it! great work! pat

  5. Leslie Slater says:

    An eastern kingbird: St. Lazaria Island, 2 July 2010…. made forays from its foraging perch in a lone mature Sitka spruce on a slope otherwise dominated by rye grass and salmonberry.

  6. arnaud says:

    Thank you for posting all this photos, and keeping updated your quest of knowledge and beauty. I feel like walking with you on this wild path, day by day, you who wander, in this distant country. Magic of internet.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Up In Pelican…Have had a Short-eared Owl around, and a small flock of
    Lapland Longspurs. Don’t see them often !

  8. matt goff says:

    Thanks for the report from Pelican – nice to hear what’s going on in some of the less populated areas of the region!

  9. Mads Kusk says:

    Dear Naturalist,
    Do yoy know of a database containing observations of all kinds of species (but certainly mammals and birds are of utmost interest) in the Sitka area? (or perhaps all of southeast Alaska).

    I’m writing from Denmark. I once visited Sitka, it was a brief stay, but I hope to return next spring.

    Best regards Mads Kusk

  10. matt goff says:

    Mads – check out Southeast Alaska Natural History Wiki – there are other sources that have a bit more depth for some things, but that’s probably the best single source for what you’re looking for.

  11. Rab Cummings says:

    Thanks for all your hard work on this site. I have you in my RSS feed and read every post!

  12. matt goff says:

    Thanks Rab – I appreciate your interest and encouragement!

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