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End of Noctilucent Cloud Season

I saw on SpaceWeather.com (a site I check daily) that this year’s northern hemisphere noctilucent cloud season is over. There was a somewhat hard to follow, but still interesting, animation of this season’s noctilucent clouds from a satellite view. Centered … Continue reading

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Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcons are not often reported from along the road system (where they are mainly seen during migration), but in some years they have been known to nest along the sea cliffs of the outer sound. St. Lazaria has at … Continue reading

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Pygmy Rock Crab (Glebocarcinus oregonensis)

With this past weekend’s full moon (which I only saw briefly through the clouds) we had another nice low tide series. I didn’t end up braving the rain to make it down to the beach, but thought I would share … Continue reading

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Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata)

Lion’s Mane Jellyfish (Cyanea capillata) seem to be fairly common around Sitka. Sometimes they wash up on shore dead (which is how I usually find them), but this one was fun to watch as it moved up and down through … Continue reading

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Small Wasp (Microgastrinae)

On a late July hike, I noticed what appeared to be some sort of silken egg sack/case hanging from a sedge in a muskeg in Indian River valley. I wondered if it might be from a spider, since I couldn’t … Continue reading

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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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