Two scales of geopdfs for Dzantik’i Héeni watershed.

Dzantik’i Héeni, flounder at the base of the creek (Gold Creek)

Our (formerly) unnoticed front yard

In 2015, Cathy Pohl did a little bird study of the Gold Creek delta, with an eye (and ear) to what changes we might expect with construction of the proposed Sea Walk outside Egan Expressway. All kinds of cool stuff going on out there! Because we’ve been so cut off from our waterfront by traffic, few of us downtown residents recreated on little flounder creek.

That changed suddenly in 2018 when the Sea Walk opened. Now, our marine ‘front yard’ beckons as invitingly as our goaty ‘back yard.’ What a cool place to live!

Even in the sleet of December, Dzantik’i Héeni rewards investigation. Check out this 7-minute slide show about a walk with Discovery staff.

I prepared a high-resolution version of this map to bring on interpretive walks led by Mike Blackwell and Cathy Connor for Friends of the Juneau Douglas City Museum.

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Cusp of summer and fall

Insights from tele-views of Jánwu What an amazing place we live in! From afar, scoping in valley bottom, or up…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 7 minute slideshow


3D perspectives on Janwú’s home My mountain goat observations dating back to 2015 fill 3 enormous journals. During that time…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 15 pages of excerpts

Dust-bath grouse&goats

Hooters & janwú at 80 degrees On an afternoon hike to Granite Basin, got another chance to test the new…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 90 second slideshow

Mid-summer ‘goating’ through a new lens

First tests of Nikon P1000 On July 18th, 2021 Steve Merli, Cathy Pohl and I climbed Shaa Tlaax, moldy top…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 7 minute slideshow

Goatfilming with ‘interplanetary’ zoom

Goatwatcher’s quest for the perfect camera JuneauNature is not a product-review website, but I’ll make an exception, of sorts, for…

Teachers’ outings, 2021

Year-3: Estuaries & steep places Two kinds of landforms & habitats have consumed my attention this winter and spring—estuaries and…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 60 page journal & course manual

Dzisk’w liu kaadi: little owl snowslide

Avalanches in Goatlandia Yesterday (20210304), avalanches were triggered above the Thane Road runout on Snowslide Creek. Several folks posted impressive…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 80-second slideshow

Goats on Eyecliff

Cliff-base foraging February 7th  When fresh, chest-high snow lies deep on Nettleslide, Jánwu mostly forages under conifer forest, unobservable. But…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 1-minute video

Heron roost

Yardbirds Over the 44 years I’ve lived in Southeast Alaska, behavior of two once-wary species has changed remarkably—probably due to…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 60 second video

New years Jánwu party at Centergrove

More the merrier Our coastal goats—since October anyway—have been hanging out in pretty small, compatible groups, dispersed all over Goatlandia…

2021 | Richard Carstensen | 4 minute slideshow

Nature near the schools: Downtown Schools. 1991

Materials from the Eisenhower Math and Science series Discovery Southeast was born at Harborview Elementary, under the tuteladge of master-teachers…

1991 | Carstensen, Streveler & Pohl | workshop materials

Cemetery mapping, 1990-2017

College-level field mapping in elementary school Probably the most ambitious project undertaken in my pilot Nature Studies program at Harborview,…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 46 pages

Special trees in Nettle Slide

New angles on Tʼóokʼ dleit ḵaadí, nettle snowslide (Behrends Slide) Late September, 2020  It’s probably time we stopped calling this…

2020 | Richard Carstensen | 90 second slideshow

Blackwell City Walk: info packet

Another great idea from Mike Cathy Connor and I (Richard Carstensen) have inherited a tradition spearheaded by our friend Mike…

2019 | Mike Blackwell, Richard Carstensen & Cathy Connor | 27 pages

Geopdf Shaa Tlaax (Mt Juneau)

Air-photo GeoPDF for field navigation on trails to Shaa Tlaax, moldy top (Mt Juneau).  In apps such as Avenza, on…

2019 | Richard Carstensen | 1 geopdf

Mid-May on Shaa Tlaax

Goats, geology & zonation on Shaa Tlaax, moldy top (Mt Juneau) Video-journal of the flora, fauna, and geomorphology that hikers…

2019 | Richard Carstensen | 4 minutes

Geopdfs Gold geology

High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation in Dzantik’i Héeni (Gold Creek) watershed. In apps such as Avenza, on your phone…

2019 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geopdfs

Heron fishing

Cathy Pohl filmed this great blue heron fishing for crescent gunnels on the delta of Dzantik’i Héeni, little flounder creek…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 1 page

Staff hike in Dzantik’i Héeni basin

On a sleety December 11th, 2018, Discovery Southeast staff (and Clay Good, board) hiked together in the lower valley of…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 7 minutes

GeoPDFs Gold&Sheep watersheds

Medium-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation in Dzantik’i Héeni (Gold) and Chaas’héeni (Sheep) watersheds. In apps such as Avenza, on…

2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs