The JuneauNature logo perhaps reveals my bias concerning Odocoileus hemionus hemionus—Sitka black-tailed deer—the most beautiful animal in the world. I was recently reduced to hanging out with its inferior cousin, O. virginianus, for several years in my old family home of upstate New York. Granted, whitetails have more flamboyant posteriors and are lovely animals in their own right. But a 40-year quest for Guwakaan, known in Lingít as the peacekeepers, has rendered me incapable of objective comparison. Sorry Easterners, your deer are deformed. Sitka black-tailed deer on Kupreanof Island, July, 2003, with soft-tipped antlers still in velvet. High-pointing rack indicates a mature-but-young buck, probably 3.3 years old. Sitka black-tailed deer on Kupreanof Island, July, 2003, with soft-tipped antlers still in velvet. High-pointing rack indicates a mature-but-young buck, probably 3.3 years old.

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Decomposition on motion-cams: phases 3&4

Deer cemeteries on Sayéik, spirit helper (Douglas Island) Back in mid-May, I reported on a motion-camera study Steve Merli and…

July, 2020 | Richard Carstensen | 9 minute slideshow

Decomposition on motion-cams: phases 1&2

How a deer dissolves Steve Merli and I have slightly refocused our motion-cam deer study from behavior of live deer…

2020, May | Richard Carstensen | 6 minute slideshow

2003 winter newsletter: A deer’s map of the forest

New ideas about forest structure Seeing the forest through a deer’s eyes. Thoughts on forest structure and habitat values, resulting…

Winter 2003 | Richard Carstensen | 12 pages

Wild food

Wildlife photography on northern Tàan, sea lion (Prince of Wales Island). I was hosted by Don and Andrea Hernandez at …

2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2 minutes

When we’re not there

Studying wildlife with trail cams. Special emphasis on deer. Presentation to the Alaska Wildlife Alliance, Juneau chapter, Feb 2018. This…

Feb, 2018 | Richard Carstensen | 21 minutes

2006 winter newsletter. Sitka deer: Thoughts and field notes

Excerpts from 25 years of journals Feature on Sitka black-tailed deer: habitat relations, stotting, mountaintop bachelor gangs, differential wariness of…

Winter 2006 | Richard Carstensen | 12 pages