Spring Showers

Showers were on the weather menu today, some of the quite heavy. They got started last night with an especially heavy one around midnight. Most of them during the day were not too heavy, and between them the sun would often break out. I did not spend too much outside today – having work to … Read more

Elementary School Bioblitz

Today was the second 4th grade bioblitz. I was one of the content experts, leading five groups of 5-7 fourth graders for 45 minutes talking about plants (and other things). As was the case last year, it was an interesting experience. There was a wide range of prior knowledge, attention span, and interest in the … Read more

Busy Week

This week promises to be busy – it’s finals week, so I’m trying to get work graded and back, plus write tests – the big flurry of activity before grades are due. As a result, I did not spend too much time outside today, and tomorrow looks like it will be similarly home-bound. Wednesday, I’ll … Read more

Returning Rain

The pattern of dry weather with plenty of sun drew to a close today. Rain was forecast for after 4 this afternoon, but it was after 8pm before enough rain started to fall that the ground got wet. Spring migration is definitely picking up. Now it seems like we are starting to see some early … Read more

Pastel Sunset

With our rapidly increasing daylight, sunset wasn’t until nearly 8:30 this evening. It was one of those sunsets where much of the western half of the sky is illuminated in pastel pinks and purples. I especially like how the more closer puffy cumulus clouds contrast with the more distant stratus layer. The darker purples of … Read more

Sitka Nature Show #104 – Lauren Bell

Download Radio Show The 15th of April show featured a conversation with Lauren Bell. Lauren and I discussed her master’s work looking at invertebrate food webs based on sampling done along survey transects in the Beaufort Sea. Later in the conversation we talked about some of what has been involved in here in Sitka, as … Read more