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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.

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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...

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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...

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Food
Pioneer Potluck: How Bob's bonfires got started

...path to the front steps. It was all overgrown and terribly neglected. Bob bought a machete and went to work on the trees, willows, vines and debris that had accumulated from years of neglect on the hill to our beautiful lake. He cleared a path half way...

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Food
Trip through slough provides different perspective

...paddled through a kayak-sized hole in a stand of flooded willows just to the right of the main opening.At the mouth, the...narrow, about 15 feet wide and walled off by steep, muddy willow-covered banks. The current flowed steadily in this part...

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Outdoors
Willow fire prompts evacuation of homes, strong response

...the evacuation of about 10 homes near Willow.The fire was called in at 1:15 p...It's got a little bit of wind on it."Willow is in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough...dubbed the Sockeye Fire for the avenue in Willow where the fire started and where the homes...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-06-14/willow-fire-prompts-evacuation-of-ho
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
Refuge Notebook: Bird cherries on the Kenai - a preview

...extensively along streams in the Anchorage area, outcompeting native willows and alders to become the dominant species lining many stream...have the potential to outcompete and replace their preferred willows, at least along streams.The effects of bird cherries on...

http://peninsulaclarion.com/outdoors/2015-07-09/refuge-notebook-bird-cherries-on
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
Pioneer Potluck: About picnics

...a snack later. The river is where my Uncle Marvin gave me my first piece of Double Bubble Gum. We had to hide behind the willows lining the river, because my Moms NEVER allowed us to have gum. And the excuse was " What would YOUR Grandpa think and it...

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Food

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