Author Archives: matt goff

About matt goff

I am an aspiring naturalist who seeks to learn all that I can about the more-than-human aspects of this place that is my home.

Morning Walk, Afternoon Fire

This warm spring day seemed like a good opportunity to work on burning a pile of rotting wood (much of it pulled out of the dirt in the berm) that has been sitting in my yard for some time. Connor … Continue reading

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Alaska Blueberry Flower

Just a single observation (and photo) from today – my first Alaska blueberry (Vaccinium alaskaense) flower of the year. I’ve seen early blueberries have been blooming for about a couple of weeks. It was a full day of calls/work, a … Continue reading

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Sitka Nature Show #129 – Ellen Chenoweth and Madison Kosma

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]Download Radio Show The 16 April show featured a conversation with Ellen Chenoweth and Madison Kosma. We talked about the whales in Sitka Sound this winter as well as the project Ellen started and … Continue reading

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Suddenly Ice Free

Yesterday Swan Lake appeared to be about 90% covered in ice, so I was taken aback to see today it was completely ice free. Now I’m wish I had gone down and looked at the quality/nature of the ice yesterday … Continue reading

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Channel Gulls and Yard Plants

A colorful mix of bryophytes colonized soil below a tree I planted last year Gulls continued in good numbers in the channel. I made a trip to look for anything unusual, and spotted the Slaty-backed Gull that was there yesterday. … Continue reading

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Sitka Nature Show #128 – Sonia Nagorski

[Audio clip: view full post to listen]Download Radio Show The April 2nd show featured a conversation with Sonia Nagorski – we talked about the role of black carbon in the environment, and in particular, how it can have a disproportionate … Continue reading

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