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 for facing-pages printing 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, still 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 that 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.

PS Spring 2020: Til now there have been 21 newsletter pdfs archived here on JuneauNature. But there’s actually a total of 30 in my bindered hardcopy collection. This winter I ‘salvaged’ the entire series by rescanning, running character recognition, and migrating em to the more screen-friendly landscape format. I’ll be gradually adding these old issues, and updating the existing ones in this chronologically sorted sequence:


















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2005 Spring newsletter: Then and now

Repeat photography as a naturalist’s tool Kathy Hocker wrote this Discoveries feature midway through our 2004-to-06 Repeat Photography. On completion,…

Spring 2005 | Kathy Hocker | 7 pages

2000 Fall newsletter: Natives and newcomers

Invasive species in Southeast Alaska Most of us are newcomers, and unfortunately we travel with an alien entourage. Southeast ecologists…

2000 | Richard Carstensen | 8 pages

2000 Summer newsletter: Bird’s eyes for the landbound

3D landscapes through a stereoscope Stereograms are paired pictures taken from slightly different angles, in order to be seen in…

Summer 2000 | Richard Carstensen | 10 pages

1999 Spring newsletter: Birds and wet places

Fresh and saltwater wetlands serving birds Wet, open places shut down pretty firmly to feathered things in the Alaskan winter,…

Spring 1999 | Richard Carstensen | 6 pages

1999 Winter newsletter: Wolfshed: Hydrology of wildlife

Remote crests of Southeast watersheds For the past century, our lightly used highlands have been the salvation of wolves and…

Winter 1999 | Richard Carstensen | 7 pages

1997 Summer newsletter: Wild watershed

There is no free lunch Life-and-death adventures with middle schoolers on the mountain above Dzantik’i Héeni Middle School. Tracking birds…

Summer 1997 | Richard Carstensen | 4 pages

1997 Winter newsletter: Bears and us

Discovery’s role as bear ambassadors During construction of Dzantik’i Héeni Middle School, Discovery naturalist Steve Merli and I were asked…

Winter 1997 | Richard Carstensen | 4 pages

1995 Fall newsletter: Southbound: Deciphering fall migration

Migration issue Our Discoveries #2 feature article gave me an excuse to interview Juneau’s most knowledgeable birders and ornithologists. We…

1995 | Richard Carstensen | 6 pages

1995 Spring newsletter: Is it spring yet?

Inaugural issue Our very first Discoveries feature article was by artist-naturalist Kathy Hocker, in an 8-page newsletter formatted and edited…

1995 | Kathy Hocker & Richard Carstensen | 4 pages

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

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…

Richard Carstensen | 1 page

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

Corridors for fish, wildlife and people Connections between the coastal rainforest and the boreal interior. For millennia, transboundary rivers have…

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: Under snow, KH, & Winter tracking, RC

Under the snow The third issue of Discoveries has a feature article by Kathy Hocker on animal adaptations to the…

1996 winter | Kathy Hocker & Richard Carstensen | 6 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…

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