News & views from Discovery Southeast

The first issue of Discoveries was in spring, 1995, when we were nearly a decade old. Our new executive director, Susan Goes, had layout experience, and set us up with a pagemaker template that I used for many years. In the beginning, our aspirations were for a quarterly publication. I tried to compose a thoughtful feature for every issue on some topic in natural history—a complement to the organizational news written by a succession of directors.

Our last printed newsletter, in the old facing-pages format, was in spring 2011. Although membership updates and Discovery news still goes out through the mail, like all organizations we increasingly communicate through website, email and social media. Much of our decline in substantive natural history essays is certainly on me; I find less time in my year, lately, to set other obligations aside, and spend two weeks polishing an essay I—and Discovery—can be proud of.

But those newsletters remain, archived here. I hope you find them as relevant today as when they were written.

In this section

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

Seeing the forest through a deer’s eyes. Thoughts on forest structure and habitat values, resulting in large measure from travels…

2002 spring newsletter: Secret places

Thoughts on whether to publicize special places.Triggered by exasperation over titles like: The 30 Most Remote Places on Earth (Outside…

2002 fall newsletter: Tracking toads

. . .and other enigmatic amphibians Report on Discovery’s first year of research on amphibian habitat relations, on contract with…

2002 | Richard Carstensen, Kathy Hocker | 12 pages

2000 spring newsletter: River relations

Connections between the coastal rainforest and the boreal interior. For millennia, transboundary rivers have served as portals for species colonization,…

2000 | Richard Carstensen, Steve Merli | 9 pages

1998 winter newsletter. “Our birds” in Mexico

Report from a visit to the mountains of central Mexico, in search of migrants who summer with us here in…

1997 fall newsletter. Admiralty impressions: Xutsnoowú through time

Twenty million years on Xutsnoowú, bear fortress (Admiralty Island). Back to the days before glaciers turned it into an island,…

5 | Richard Carstensen | 5 pages

1996 winter newsletter: Winter tracking in Juneau

Thoughts on animal tracking with teachers and students, an activity that by 1996 had become the core of our winter…

1996 winter | Richard Carstensen | 2 pages

1996 fall newsletter: Streamwalkers

About a decade after Discovery’s founding, we began collaborating with stream restoration initiatives. I served as a liaison between researchers…

1996 | Richard Carstensen | 3 pages

2001 winter newsletter: Bite marks and bathtub rings

A clue-reading toolkit for Southeast naturalists My feature article for Discoveries developed what had become a mantra among our naturalists:…

2003 summer newsletter Risen Valleys: wildlands ‘out the road.’

In our Summer 2003 newsletter you’ll find an article by then-Discovery naturalist Kathy Hocker on the “risen valleys” area between…

Summer 2003 | Kathy Hocker | 10 pages

2001 fall newsletter: Off trail

Our Fall 2001 newsletter includes an article by Steve Merli exploring the benefits of going off trail with kids, and…

Fall 2001 | Steve Merli, Richard Carstensen | 6 pages

2001 summer newsletter, Gold Creek solstice: field notes from the crest of the year

On the solstice, I walked the Flume Trail above Dzantik’i Héeni, flounders creek (Gold Creek). Enamored of my newest tool—a…

Summer 2001 | Richard Carstensen | 4 pages

2004 fall newsletter. Nexus: estuaries of Southeast Alaska

Nexus explains how estuaries develop, their food webs, and their importance to the greater archipelago. Includes field notebook page from…

2004 | Richard Carstensen, Kathy Hocker | 12 pages

1999 fall newsletter: No Name Bay and other misnomers

My feature essay explores native and non-native places names †in Southeast Alaska. Another piece by Kathy Hocker discusses the importance…

Fall 1999 | Richard Carstensen | 4 pages

2011 fall newsletter. Recording nature: field journaling as Raven goes global

Journaling is my work and play. It‚’s how I taught myself to be a naturalist, and one of the ways…

2011 | Richard Carstensen, Kathy Hocker, Kevin O'Malley | 16 pages

1998 fall newsletter: The art of noticing

Kathy Hocker is Southeast Alaska‚’s premier artist-naturalist, teaching classes on field techniques for all ages. In 1998, she wrote a…

1998 | Kathy Hocker | 5 pages

2013 winter newsletter. Backtracking: Discovery’s past and future

Discovery Southeast’s Winter 2013 newsletter includes my feature on the foundations of our organization. †You’ll also find a profile of…

Winter 2013 | Richard Carstensen|Scott Burton | 18 pages

2011 spring newsletter, Geology and life: Connections between the living and non-living world

Feature article on response of flora and fauna to geologic landforms and bedrock types. †Includes article by Scott Burton on…

Spring 2011 | Richard Carstensen | 12 pages

2007 spring newsletter, American Dippers: Songsters by the streams

The Spring 2007 Discoveries includes a feature essay by Mary Willson on dippers, from many years of research with a…

Spring 2007 | Mary Willson | 12 pages

2006 winter newsletter. Sitka deer: Thoughts and field notes

Feature on Sitka black-tailed deer: habitat relations, stotting, mountaintop bachelor gangs, differential wariness of bucks and does. †Sketches from Kathy…

Winter 2006 | Richard Carstensen | 12 pages