Southeast fish & wildlife

Southeast Alaskans are blessed with 2 websites hosted by dedicated naturalists Bob Armstrong (Juneau) and Matt Goff (Sitka) that are structured mostly taxonomically. Collectively this pair of sites—in rather different ways—covers such an extraordinary sweep of kingdoms, phyla, orders, families and species that it would be silly forjuneaunature to emulate these masters. You may notice that I [Richard Carstensen] don’t even have a page in this Nature section for Plants. Bob and Matt have done that already.

Bob’s site naturebob presents his greatest hits, all free, collected over more than a half-century of still photography and (recently) videography. But it’s not just an image&movie repository. The Videos section of naturebob is annotated with observations on behavior that would escape those of us less attuned to trophics, life-cycles, display, or anatomy, and it links to a wealth of other sources.

Matt’s site sitkanature is modestly subtitled “An aspiring naturalist learns his place.” But don’t let that “aspiring” fool you. This guy long ago earned his naturalist’s merit badge, as our mutual friend Scott Harris puts it. Matt’s also host of the Sitka Nature Show—radio interviews with interesting Alaskans, archived on his website, 90 of em, as of early October, 2015.

Because Bob and Matt have done so well with organizing and presenting the taxonomy of Southeast flora and fauna, and because my interests lean more toward geography, habitat relations, human history, etc, this Critters section of juneaunatureis comparatively skeletal. I’m using it mostly as a place to opportunistically hang cool stuff that comes my way. I hope you enjoy browsing here. But for encyclopedic critter (& plant) stuff, visit naturebob and sitkanature.


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Common Tracks Guide

Tracking has been a core activity in Discovery programs for years.  This pocket guide provides tracking tips for common mammals and birds of Southeast, helping students, teachers, and budding naturalists read the signs of non-human inhabitants in the landscape.


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