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Plants

Ataku Clearing – Heavy Browse Prompts Questions

One of the things that stood out to me on my recent visit to Ataku Island was how heavily some of the false azalea (Menziesia ferruginea) was browsed. The first stop we made after leaving the beach was a small … Continue reading

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Crabapples and Crows

A few days ago I noticed some grows perched in a crabapple (Malus fusca) loaded with fruit. They seemed fairly unconcerned with me, so I was able to watch and photograph as they pulled off the small fruits to eat. … Continue reading

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Active Alaska Day

With my parents in town for a short visit and Alaska Day festivities (namely, the parade), it was a pretty full day. My dad wanted to check out a patch of cranberries he had noted this summer along Beaver Lake … Continue reading

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Lower Gavan Hill

Of course the highlight of today was getting to photograph a Northern Mockingbird (which I posted about separately), but before that there was a wander around Lower Gavan Trail looking for mushrooms and whatever else turned up. There were a … Continue reading

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Early Fall Young Growth

On a walk up Starrigavan Valley yesterday, I was struck by the contrasting greens of the red alder (Alnus rubra), spruce (Picea sitchensis), hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) trees that comprise the young forest growing after early 70s clear cuts in the … Continue reading

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Mushroom Walk

This morning the kids and I joined a mushroom outing at Mosquito Cove trail led by last night’s seminar series speaker Kate Mohatt (who is one of the organizers of some forest/fungus fairs in Southcentral Alaska). It was interesting to … Continue reading

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