Sitka Nature Show #114 – Jonathan Goff and Connor Goff

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The 4 September show featured a conversation with my brother Jonathan and my son Connor. We discussed tracking, rock hounding, and Connor’s quest for 200 bird species in Sitka. I introduce the conversation about 3 minutes in to the show.

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Sitka Nature Show #113 – The Librarians

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The 21 August show featured a conversation with librarians Kari Sagel and Brooke Schafer. Earlier in the day I was a guest of theirs on The Library Show, and I was happy to have them join me to talk about some of their experiences out in nature. The introduction to the conversation starts about 1 minute in.

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Sitka Nature Show #112 – Kitty LaBounty

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The 7th August show featured a conversation with Kitty LaBounty. Among other things, we talked about some of her travels this summer, and how such disparate locations as Bethel, Alaska and southwest Oregon can both share species with the Sitka area. The conversations begins about 4 minutes in to the recording.

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Wandering Tattler, Western Toad


It’s the views that makes all the blood, sweat, and tears of hiking Sitka mountains worth it.

I’ve been pretty focused on getting through pictures from summer 2012 in an attempt to see if I made my 1000 species goal (more on that in a future post), but I took some time outside today to go look for a Wandering Tattler Connor mentioned was between the science center and the park.

It was not raining when I left (though it had been earlier), but I wisely took a rain coat, as rain had resumed by the time I got down to the beach. At first I did not see the bird, and thought maybe the visitors wandering down on the beach had scared it off. However, I happened to catch a large-ish shorebird fly out and then back to the rocks on the park side of Sage Rock, and was able to find it there.

This afternoon, Connor, Rowan and I made a conditioning hike up to the first viewpoint on Verstovia. Rowan and I were (mercifully) delayed when we spotted a toad around the big turn from the old Russian charcoal pits. It’s the first one I’ve seen away from a lake or other standing water source in some time. Hopefully it is a sign that the population is recovering.

I ended up making it to the viewpoint in just under 30 minutes – about 7-8 minutes off the pace I went the last time. Despite the slower pace, 61F with high humidity left me a bit wrung out. The chocolate I had as a snack wasn’t salted, but the sweat pouring down my face added a bit of that flavor anyway.

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Sitka Nature Show #111 – Paul Norwood

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The 24th of July show featured a conversation with Paul Norwood, local naturalist and adventurer. We talked about his 1000 species project of 2015, an idea we’ve been discussing to do an All-Species Community Big Year – Sitka, and some of his hiking adventures. If you want to skip ahead, I begin introducing the conversation at about 2:20 (-56:40).

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Devil’s Matchstick (Pilophorus spp)

Two species of Pilophorus lichens growing on a rock outcrop provided a distraction while I caught my breath after the 20 minutes (fast for me) trek up to the first viewpoint on Verstovia.

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