About

A chronicle of my observations as I learn about the Natural History of the area around Sitka, Alaska.

15 Responses to About

  1. Love the web site! Just found you and enjoyed checking it out – love the pics.
    I take pics of things in interior Alaska for my webpages, mostly. I’ve been in
    Fairbanks for almost 29 years! I love it! I would say I am a naturalist at heart.
    My Bachelor’s Degree is in Biology. I love the nature here. Well enough, just
    wanted to say hello and thanks for the great observations and pictures!
    Barbara Logan

  2. Kay Simmons says:

    I have been visiting your site for a long time, it is one of my favorites!
    I have a partial photo of a bird I took on Feb 11 08 on the UAS ramp and would like to know
    if you can identify it for me.

    Thanks, hope to hear from you soon.

    Kay Simmons
    Sitka

  3. Alyssa Johnson says:

    Is this blog still monitored? I am very interested in learning more about what you refer to as “hot foot trails”…

    Thanks!

  4. matt goff says:

    Yes, it’s still active – just haven’t posted much over the past few months. I don’t know a great deal about the hot foot trails, but perhaps I can put something together at some point.

  5. Bianca L Jurczak says:

    Hey Matt I stumbled across your 3 pics of the sharp shinned hawk you took while researching the bird for the SE Hummingbird Festival. I would like your permission to draw a pen & ink line drawing from one of the three and submit it for the juried art show here in Ketchikan. If you don’t mind then I’d also like to include a copy of the picture and give you and the site credit while it is on display thru May. I only have a week to the deadline so I may not even be able to finish in time as I have a 2 year old son, newborn twins and work 50+ hrs a week, so a quick response is necessary. Thanks for time, Bianca

  6. Deb Blaylock says:

    Hi Matt
    I would like to get permission to use one of your Plantago maritima photos in an UAF Cooperative Extension Publication which we’re updating. Can you contact me via email? Thank you

  7. Meadow Scott says:

    Hi Matt, just found your site while I was looking for a photo of wild cucumber’s spring shoots. All the other photos online are of the more mature plant, and I was so excited to find your photo of the choice eating stage! It’s one of my top favorites. Just tried it this spring roasted in the oven with olive oil, like people do with asparagus. Yum!
    I’m from Cordova, we have many or most of the same plants here as you have in Sitka. I am going to be doing a (free) talk about our local wild edibles, and would love to use a few of you photos…. Please email me if that would be alright.
    I see I’m not the only person who has asked! It’s just not that easy to find good photos of wild Alaska plants! I myself am an avid collector, but not a photographer at all. Thank you for your beautiful work!

  8. Rab Cummings says:

    Thanks for all your hard work on the SE AK Nature Wiki. It has been a very
    helpful resource.

    My question: In your SE Alaska Bird http://wiki.seaknature.org/Birds list
    could you please clarify the “+” and “-” codes?

    *+ = One or more records???*
    *- = Possible but unrecorded??*

    We are having much debate here as we prepare for a trip. We’d love to know for sure. Many thanks!

  9. matt goff says:

    Thanks Rab – the “+” means accidental, so at least one record, but not more than a handful. The “-” means that the species has not been recorded (in that season).

    I hope you have a good trip!

  10. Rab Cummings says:

    Got it. Many thanks and keep up the great work!

  11. Robert Crawford says:

    I would like to use your photo of Pinguicula villas. I wold be glad to have your e-mail address so that I can explain where and how I would like to use this image

  12. Andro Truuverk says:

    Hi! From one of the earlier post (from 2014 maybe) I saw a picture of White-lined looper Epirrita pulchraria. Do you know when was it taken (late autumn?)?

  13. matt goff says:

    Hello Andro –
    My pictures of White-lined Looper (Epirrita pulchraria) are from late March to mid-April, so early-ish spring around here.

  14. Riley Woodford says:

    Hi Matt –
    This is Riley Woodford with Fish and game. I’m writing about collared doves in Alaska and trying to get a sense for how widespread they are and how well established. I’ve heard reports of them in the Mendenhall Valley but I have not seen any in downtown Juneau. What is your sense? Have you seen them around Sitka? I see one was photographed last year in Anchorage, and there is a KCAW piece on the website from 2013 saying there were about 30 in Sitka (at that time). Any sense if they’ve increased?

    Best regards,

    Riley

  15. matt goff says:

    Hello Riley –

    I’ll send you an email separately, but the short answer is yes, there are quite a few Eurasian Collared-Doves in Sitka, and while it’s difficult to be sure, I suspect there are currently more than the 30 mentioned in the KCAW piece (though I wouldn’t be surprised if there were more at the time, as well).

    Thanks!

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