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Refuge Notebook: Exotic dove continues a steady march north

...take off. Alaska is one of the last places in the country where ecological processes are still intact. We have hares eating willows, being eaten by lynx, which are in turn killed by wolves. This food web modifies our natural landscape and is in turn controlled...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-05-14/refuge-notebook-exotic-dove-cont
Outdoors
Refuge Notebook: Nature's first green is gold

...trees begin to leaf out, and anticipating early spring-blooming wildflowers. Golden-green sprigs have already appeared on willows in the form of catkins, the slim cylindrical insect-pollinated flower stalks, and in shoots of grasses, and the first...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-05-07/refuge-notebook-natures-first-gr
Outdoors
Arctic Spring

Pussy willows, soft as pillows Arctic Spring again. Daylight hours sprout tundra flowers That sun...farewell. Alas, we sing bout this joyous thing, Our long lost warmly friend Pussy willows, soft as pillows Arctic Spring again.

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/040810/pul_603564051.shtml
Pulse
Mystery defoliation at treeline in the Kenai Mountains

...I wrote a story about how subalpine willows in the Kenai Mountains were being defoliated...caterpillars of these insects were grazing on willow leaves that grow at high elevation near...to see subalpine stands of Barclay's willow, a favorite winter food for moose, recovering...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2012-09-20/mystery-defoliation-at-treeline-
Outdoors
Fresh, new and a surprise, or two: Waiting at a Market Near You

...unexpected caught my eye. There, just beyond the produce, amongst flowers like tulips, lilies and irises, were bunches of pussy willows, a vision I've not seen in a very, very long time. Onions notwithstanding, in that moment, I knew spring had arrived...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/033110/foo_598586625.shtml
Food
What others say: Location doesn't matter when lives are at stake

...reached its climax. Voters were asked that fall whether they wanted to spend $2.8 billion to move the capital from Juneau to Willow. The vote failed, with 53 percent of Alaskans against.Now, it appears that House Bill 184 was a mistake as much as the...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/opinion/2015-05-17/what-others-say-location-doesnt-m
Opinion
Refuge Notebook: Celebrating marmots

...percent of their diet was plants, composed of vetches, dryas, sedges, fleabanes, fescue grass, mosses, lichens, and willows. But they will eat meat when given the chance. Hoary marmots, introduced in the 1930s to Sud Island, the smallest of the...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-01-08/refuge-notebook-celebrating-marm
Outdoors
Nancy Holman

...she set her mind to do. She was extremely resourceful and enjoyed crafts. Nancy made hatbands out of wooden beads made from willows. She was skilled in knitting, crocheting, and sewing (making her own patterns) and scarves out of fabric. She was a great...

http://www.legacy.com/Link.asp?I=LS000173825316
IDEA graduates plan ahead

...Soldotna Elise DiLucchio, Soldotna Andrew Fetterhoff, Homer Ashton Hall, Kenai Michael Hubbard, Kenai Jeremiah Hudson, Homer Willow Huston Sadie Kimble, Kenai James Knox, Ninilchik Philip Marlton, Kasilof Cheyenne Larson, Kenai Emmalyn Murray, Sterling...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-05-06/idea-graduates-plan-ahead
News
Winter plant identification workshop, other events planned

A yearling moose browses through snow-covered willows earlier this year. Those interested in learing to identify...exercises, workshop participants are asked to bring a copy of "Willows of Southeast Alaska" and/or "Alaska Trees and Shrubs...

http://www.peninsulaclarion.com/stories/120707/outdoors_3441.shtml
Outdoors

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