Category Archives: flora


Gavan Hill Hike

It was a nice sunny day, and Connor, Rowan, and I headed up Gavan Hill with the goal of getting to the ridge line. Although there was snow on the trail, it was not particularly icy nor deep, so it … Continue reading

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Late Winter Birding

We decided to do some birding today and spent time at Totem Park as well as Starrigavan. Highlights included Black Oystercatchers and watching an American Dipper foraging at Totem Park. At Starrigavan the tide was fairly high, and a small … Continue reading

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Early Crocus

With the exceptionally warm January weather, I thought it would be worth checking to see if any crocus had come up on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. I was only able to find a single plant ready to open up during … Continue reading

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Shrub Leafing out

This shrub has been fooled by the warm January. If I think to check later in the year, I’ll try to figure out what it is (assuming it hasn’t been killed by later cold).

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Christmas Bird Count

View Larger Map My track from this year’s bird count. On this year’s Christmas Bird Count I had selected 3 or 4 routes covering neighborhoods in the central area of town. I walked for nearly 7 hours and covered 13 … Continue reading

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Fall (new) leaves on Sitka Alder

Yesterday I noticed several Sitka Alder with new leaves. Some of them were clearly still developing, and given the lateness of season, I thought this seemed odd. I am guessing the warm August/September (so far – though it seems to … Continue reading

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