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Refuge Notebook: Varied Thrush still around on the Kenai

...The males sing to attract females and defend their territory. Female Varied Thrush build nests in the understory of mature forest. Females seem to like to return to the same neighborhood and often build in an area surrounded by old nests. They...
Fire footprint - ghosts of fires past

...charcoal and tree-ring dating of fire-scarred trees to map historic fires on the refuge. The current fire burned over mature forest that was either not known to have burned in the last 200 years or regenerated in the aftermath of the 1871 fire that...
It takes an eagle eye... to spot a Harlan's hawk

...exactly like a red-tail that you would see down south. They hunt open country, even though they may live in thick, mature forests, which isn't a problem here on the Kenai since we have such a mosaic of habitats," Eskelin said. As to their...
Alien insects on the Kenai Peninsula

...insect immigrants. We on the Kenai should be the last to underestimate these tiny animals, having witnessed our mature forests of white spruce fade from green to rusty brown to gray, a victim of our native spruce bark beetle. This species...
Reader wants brown bear season open now

...Lake. You can fly for three hours over there and not see a caribou. The terrain is all grown up to a mature (over mature) forest. Poaching is absolutely out of control, and Fish and Game has decided the tourists are more important than the locals...
Kenai Lowlands provide marginal habitat for expanding marten

...after a 100-year absence, will this trend continue in the face of a warming climate? Marten populations thrive in mature forests, with closed canopies and a consistent, deep snowpack. The interplay of several forces related to climate change...


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