Sitka Nature Show #179 – Simon Hook

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The March 3rd show featured a conversation with Simon Hook. Simon has spent many summers working on tour boats in Southeast Alaska. We spoke about some of his experiences with this work, and his explorations with cameras and skiff around Sitka during this off-season.

If you would like to see Simon’s photography, check out his Instagram feed or 3 Waves Photo website

If you have questions or observations you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment here or on the page I’ve set up for that purpose.

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Sitka Nature Show #178 – Cathy Connor (encore)

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The February 17th show featured a conversation with geologist Cathy Connor. Originally recorded in April 2015, during this conversation we discussed the Starrigavan landside which had happened the previous fall and the geology of Southeast Alaska.

If you have questions or observations you want to share, please feel free to leave a comment here or on the page I’ve set up for that purpose.

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Halibut Point Rec Creatures

I wanted to go out to Halibut Point Rec to check on some sea grass I had previously assumed was eel grass, and Connor came along.

I ended up getting a call on the way out, and the tide was up too far, so I sat on the beach and had my conversation while Connor poked around looking at things.

Connor ended up finding a caterpillar and a syrphid larva (among other things), which he showed me. I was a little surprised to see a syrphid larva just hanging out on the bark of a shore-side spruce tree, but that’s what it seemed to be doing.

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Northern Saw-whet Owl and Heart Lake Hike

Blue skies prevailed, and after a chilly overnight, the day warmed up a bit.

Around midday Karen J. sent me a message letting me know a Northern Saw-whet Owl was over on Japonski Island near where she had seen one earlier in the winter.

I gathered Connor and Rowan and we went over to check it out (Connor had previously seen one, but Rowan hadn’t).

We were able to see the owl where Karen had found it. It slept the for the 20 minutes or so that we watched.

This afternoon Rowan and I walked up to Heart Lake. It was frozen, but not so much that I would be willing to walk on it.

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Crescent Moon

As the light was beginning to fade with the sky shifting towards purple not long after sunset, I noticed the crescent moon following the sun, and took a picture from the porch.

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Sitka Nature Show #177 – Zach LaPerriere

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The February 3rd show featured a conversation with Zach LaPerriere, local bowl maker. Among the topics we talked about were two bowls that he had brought in to show me, which you can see below.


Bowl made from European Mountain Ash (Sorbus aucuparia) which had healed over sapsucker wells.


Hemlock bowl carved from wood which had grown under the influence of the parasitic dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium tsugense)


Hemlock bowl carved from wood which had grown under the influence of the parasitic dwarf mistletoe (Arceuthobium tsugense)


Section of hemlock chopped out of a round where there had been significant fluting.

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