Category Archives: flora

Plants

Rubber Threads (Nemalion elminthoides)

Looking somewhat like dark brown over-cooked spaghetti draped over the barnacle encrusted rock of the high intertidal on Magic Island, the aptly named rubber threads (Nemalion elminthoides) were new to me. As far as I can tell at this point … Continue reading

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Herring Cove to Beaver Lake Loop

Late Summer at Herring Cove Trailhead I had heard a report of a hen goldeneye with young on Beaver Lake almost two weeks ago, and with my parents’ visit it had slipped my mind. I still wanted to go up … Continue reading

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Harbor Mountain Berry Picking

Normally, when my parents’ early August visit is too early for the blueberries to be ripe on Harbor Mountain. However, with this year’s minimal snow pack and early melt, I thought there was a chance some would be ripe, and … Continue reading

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Green Water in Silver Bay

Recently the water in Silver Bay has been exceptionally green, almost like it was seeing glacial run-off. I recall this happening last year as well, and at the time I noticed it I wondered if maybe it was dust from … Continue reading

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Swainson’s Thrush and Ripe Elderberries

Thrushes seem to be quite fond of red elderberries (Sambucus racemosa). It does not take long for birds to strip a bush of berries, especially as in late summer with many recently independent young birds as well as perhaps the … Continue reading

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Sea Sac (Halosaccion glandiforme)

When I was young, there were many occasions I spent playing down on the beach between Totem Park and the Sitka Sound Science Center. Although I saw many things, there are not too many that I remember noticing and/or being … Continue reading

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