Winter to Make an Appearance?

The weather forecast is for much colder temperatures by the weekend. The weather over the last few days has been overcast with temperatures in the upper 30’s and lower 40’s, but in the next couple of days it is supposed to become clear with temperatures dropping to the teens by Friday night. It will be … Read more


When I was at Indian River yesterday, I stopped to watch a dipper sing. It sat on a rock in the middle of the river at the top of a short rapid. After it finished singing, it flew upstream a short distance to an alder tree that had fallen into the river. It would dive … Read more

Redoubt Lake

I went to a talk last night about sockeye salmon studies in Southeast Alaska. One of the few systems with sockeye that has much data on returns over the year is Redoubt Lake a few miles south of Sitka. Here are some interesting facts about the lake (some I learned from the talk and others … Read more


While hiking up Indian River today, I noticed a leafy lichen growing on trees. It appeared to be a species of Lobaria, perhaps L. pulmonaria. There were some differences between what I observed and what I read in the guide books, so I am not sure. One thing that seemed particular interesting to me was … Read more


The birds seem to be getting more vocal. When I went outside this morning to investigate budding plants, I noticed more bird singing than I have heard in the mornings recently. In particular I saw and heard two different winter wrens. I did not hear the full song, but they did seem to be calling … Read more