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.

Indian River Song Sparrow

Song Sparrows are not an uncommon bird around Sitka. Although they are present throughout the year, it’s not clear how many (if any) individuals are actually present year-round. It seems like pretty much any area along the road system with … Continue reading

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Not so Frosty Winter

Large Frost Crystal along Green Lake Road, February 2014 Last winter was pretty mild until February, at which point temperatures dropped a bit and we had some pretty chilly weather. As it’s still only the middle of January, it’s hard … Continue reading

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Crows and Oystercatchers

This time of year is a good one to see Black Oystercatchers and Northwestern Crows down at the beach during low tides. Although they look very different in good viewing conditions, their similar size and color can make them hard … Continue reading

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Indian River Trail Grass Patch

While walking back from Indian River falls yesterday, I noticed a patch of grass along the trail. That in and of itself is probably not such an unusual thing, but it stood out to me because of how dense the … Continue reading

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Indian River Trail

Today’s adventure was a walk up to Indian River falls with a friend. We hadn’t really planned to go much past the first bridge, but the day was pleasant (overcast and in the 40s, no wind in the valley at … Continue reading

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American Tree Sparrow

I spent a little time at the airport late this morning between errands. While there, I saw four different American Tree Sparrows, the previous high count I had heard of this winter was three, and the most I had seen … Continue reading

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