A New Year and a New Big Year Project

About an hour before the close of 2016, I finally finished up posting observations from 2012 to iNaturalist. Over the past few months I’ve imported observations of all the unique species I recorded in my phone, plus all the photos I took during that year’s 1000 species project. As I write this, my iNaturalist species … Read more

Sitka Nature Show #121 – Victoria Vosburg and Jen Cedarleaf

Download Radio Show The Christmas Day 2016 show featured a conversation with Victoria Vosburg and Jen Cedaraleaf. We talked about the upcoming Christmas bird count, and I learned more about how Bald Eagles work (physiologically) as well as some of Jen and Victoria’s experiences working with raptors at the raptor center. If you have questions … Read more

Ski Tracks in the Snow

Clear and cold weather continued today. I took a drive out to see Silver Bay and was interested to find that folks had been cross country skiing along the bike trail out from Whale Park. Near the turnouts where the trail is not right along the highway, it seemed like pretty nice snow for it. … Read more

Sitka Nature Show #120 – Ryan Carpenter

Download Radio Show The 11 December show featured a conversation with Ryan Carpenter, ranger at Sitka National Historical Park, avid birder and trail runner. Much of our conversation we spent talking about his experiences trail running around Sitka, and then ended with some of the bird highlights from this year. If you have questions or … Read more

View from Harbor Point

Stiff north or east winds often accompany these clear and cold stretches of weather. Fortunately, for the most part, where I live in the downtown area does not get hit by these winds. Gavan Hill, the Sisters and Verstovia seem to create a nice wind break. However, these winds do funnel through some passes and … Read more

Winter Weather

After last weekend’s winter wonderland of fresh snow and temperatures at or below freezing, we saw a shift in the first part of this week to that Southeast Alaska special of snow trending towards rain and temperatures just above freezing. Such conditions result in slush almost anywhere that snow is disturbed or drainage is poor, … Read more