Going back clearwater (Montana Creek) In late May, 2019, Discovery naturalist Steve Merli and I explored the middle reaches of…2019 | Richard Carstensen | 5-minute slideshow
Kaxdigoowu Héen, going back clearwater (Montana Creek)
Healthiest habitat of greater Áak’w Táak (Mendenhall watershed).
I first began using this valley to teach bird classes in the early 1990s, when my ears could still detect the high notes of songbirds. During wetland assessment transects in the mid 1980s, I’d noticed that the logged-over swamp behind Community Gardens was full of beaver-drowned snags. Sapsuckers had drilled them, and once abandoned, these became home to chickadees, pewees and small owls. Those rotting snags didn’t last long, but the swamps and marshes are still chock full of fish and critters. And beaver are still at work, drowning more future sapsucker trees.
Kaxdigoowu Héen is where I first noticed that logging isn’t always “bad” for wildlife. It’s also where I first realized environmentalists don’t usually like it when I say that. (Sorry!)
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Slideshow in two parts Kaxdigoowu Héen, going back clearwater has been one of my favorite places since I first explored…2019 | Richard Carstensen & John Hudson | slide show in 2 parts: 38 & 22 minutes
High-resolution GeoPDF pair for field navigation at Kaxdigoowu Héen, going back clear water (Montana Creek). In apps such as Avenza, on…2018 | Richard Carstensen | 2 geoPDFs
In summer 2014, Koren Bosworth, Cathy Pohl, Andrew Allison and I surveyed wetlands throughout the CBJ. Although we were not…2016 | Richard Carstensen | 31 page excerpt (of 512p)
Supplement to the 2016 Juneau Wetlands Management Plan In summer 2014, Koren Bosworth, Cathy Pohl, Andrew Allison and I surveyed…2018 | Richard Carstensen | 8 separate pdfs, 2 to 5 MB
In 2010, on contract with CBJ Parks and Recreation, Discovery designed 3-panel sign arrays for 10 trailheads on (or leading…2010 | Richard Carstensen | 3 pages
This document assembles aerial imagery and other GIS-based maps of Montana Creek for use by teachers in class and field.…2013 | Richard Carstensen | 22 pages
In 2013 I participated in a 3 day teacher’s conference called STREAM: a Pedagogy of Place. During this “place-based” conference…2013 | Richard Carstensen | 7 pages
Four-fold brochure created for the CBJ Natural History Project describes 11 interpretive stations along the lower Montana Creek Trail. On…2013 | Richard Carstensen | 2 pages
Guide to natural and cultural history of the CBJ, summarizing Discovery’s longterm study on contract with Parks & Recreation that…2013 | Richard Carstensen | 72 pages