Deborah Collins

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Sitka Nature: Indian River iButtons

Scott Harris and I went up as far as the large muskegs deploying ibuttons (temperature data loggers) to get a sense of how temperature varies in the valley.

My iNaturalist Observations for Today

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Sitka Nature: West Valley Indian River Watershed

Pictures from a hike up the west valley of Indian River watershed. Our route went through the long muskegs up and then along the base of the slope of the Middle Sister to near the headwall and back down.

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Sitka Nature: Starrigavan ibuttons

Scott Harris and I went to Starrigavan to deploy ibuttons (temperature data loggers) I recently purchased. We set one in the valley bottom, one near the upper part of the clear cut, and one right at the edge of the old growth above the clear cut.

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Sitka Nature: Afternoon Walk

It has been a while since I went for a wander, so I decided to take advantage of a nice afternoon and go look for some raven tracks in the snow on the Sheldon Jackson campus (Connor told me he had seen some) and then along the waterfront in case I might find the Dusky Thrush.

As the the photos attest, I did find some raven tracks in the snow that had fallen overnight, but no luck on the thrush.

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Sitka Nature: Walk to Totem Park and Campus Fungi

Pictures from a walk around Totem Park, with several fungi observed on the Sheldon Jackson campus before heading home.

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Sitka Nature Show #151 – Jacob Metzger

The February 18th show featured a conversation with Jacob Metzger, a graduate student studying marine biology through the College of Fisheries at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He has been involved in a study looking at the ecology and comparison of sea urchin barrens and kelp forest in the Aleutian Islands that have been influenced by the decline sea otters in the that region.

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.

Complete show -> Sitka Nature Show #151 – Jacob Metzger

Sitka Nature Show #148 – Pat Druckenmiller (encore)

The December 31st show featured an encore conversation with Pat Druckenmiller, curator of Earth Sciences at the Museum of the North and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

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.

Complete post -> Sitka Nature Show #148 – Pat Druckenmiller (encore)

Military February 22, 2018

By Army Col. Richard Goldenberg, New York National Guard: Guard Salutes Fallen New York City Apartment Fire Hero

Army National Guard leaders recently honored a New York Army National Guardsman who died while rescuing his neighbors during the deadliest fire here in more than 25 years.

Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah is credited with saving four lives as he returned to the building three times before he was overcome by smoke. Including Mensah, 13 people died in the blaze.

Mensah posthumously received two medals for valor during a ceremony for the family at Fordham University here Feb. 16, including the Army’s highest award for bravery outside of a combat zone.
 
 
 
 
By By Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Hicks, 621st Contingency Response Wing: Face of Defense: Airman’s Innovation Benefits Relief Efforts
As one of the first intelligence officers to deploy to Puerto Rico in support of the relief efforts, Webb had the idea to use publicly available information to help deliver life-saving supplies to where they were needed most. He developed a common operating picture using Google Earth to gather background information that could be employed as a navigation tool.

“Through the use of publically available information, as well as working with sister services and other DoD support agencies, I was able to gather essential information, including disaster-ridden locations, accessibility to these locations, and needs of the local area for the placement of distribution points and regional staging areas for relief supplies,” Webb said.
 
 
 
 
By Jim Garamone DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Stoltenberg Discusses NATO Transatlantic Link at Munich Conference
 
 
 
 
From U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center: A FLIR for Innovation

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