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.

Questions About Verstovia Mosquitoes

On this relatively warm and sunny day I decided it was time to go for the second (1200ft) viewpoint on Verstovia Trail for the first time this year. Distance wise, the second viewpoint is well over halfway to picnic rock, … Continue reading

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Verstovia Trail Flowers

On today’s trip up Vestovia trail, I noticed the fern-leaved goldthread (Coptis aspleniifolia) was blooming along with some of the blueberries in the set of switchbacks between the Verstovia stairs and the last section before the viewpoint. It was interesting … Continue reading

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Sitka Nature Show #154 – Brian Buma

Download Radio Show The April 8th show featured a conversation with Brian Buma, assistant professor at University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau. We spoke about his research investigating how landslides (an landslide prone areas) affect carbon cycling at the landscape level … Continue reading

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Bear Mountain Waterfall

Partly cloudy, but breezy conditions this afternoon when Rowan and I hiked up from Herring Cove and took the unofficial side trail to the base of Bear Mountain Waterfall. My track indicated it was a little under 2 miles round … Continue reading

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Wind and Clouds

I could hear the chimes tinkling before I even really woke up. The wind had picked up overnight, and when I checked the weather conditions, I was a little surprised to see the current temperature was already approaching 50 – … Continue reading

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First Violet of Spring

Clear and cool conditions with a little bit of breeziness continued for another day. Rowan and I made it to the 800 ft viewpoint on Verstovia in just right around the same time as our prior best for the season. … Continue reading

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