Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Gold Creek

Our unnoticed front yard

RC: my partner Cathy 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. But because we’re so cut off from our waterfront by traffic, few of us downtown residents recreate on little flounder creek.

Here’s a clip Cathy shot of a heron stalking gunnels in the Fucus beds:

heron from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

And another of a raven mass-harvesting them. Both of these movies were in late May, when chicks are in the nest. A pair of ravens were killing gunnels and staging them in the Fucus until they could fly home with large mouthfuls:

raven&gunnels from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

A century of change on Little Flounder Flats

The team of planners and consultants assessing proposals for Seawalk construction outside of Egan Drive asked for historical information, to help understand successional and developmental trajectories. For me, this was an especially interesting assignment, because it’s not only my home watershed, but the front yard of Harborview Elementary, the school where we founded Discovery Southeast a quarter century ago.

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pdf-logo Download Gold Creek Delta historic series (4meg PDF) here.