The overseer

We’re extraordinarily lucky in Juneau to live in almost constant proximity of jánwu, Oreamnus americanus. Goats generally show up near the reflector at the ‘false-summit’ of the ridge in this panorama, and stay until alder leaves start filling out in May.

I’m using this grid to record their movements. How do these critters use the array of habitats visible from the high-school’s north parking lot? How might students document their movements?

View of Behrends slide from JD High. It's about 2000 feet to the center of the slide area. Gridded for recording goat observations. Click to enlarge. View of Behrends slide from JD High. It’s about 2000 feet to the center of the slide area. Gridded for recording goat observations.

With a good tripod mounted scope, you can easily distinguish adults from kids and yearlings, and in optimum conditions even make a guess at the subtler differences between males and females.

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Mountain goat rut

Few people have observed the rut of Jánwu, Oreamnos americanus. It takes place mostly on remote mountain slopes, at the…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 30-second video

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