A hairy woodpecker checks out a suet feeder in the Back Loop area on March 29. (Courtesy Photo | Linda R. Shaw)

A hairy woodpecker checks out a suet feeder in the Back Loop area on March 29. (Courtesy Photo | Linda R. Shaw)

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A skunk cabbage shoot peaks out of the ground on the trail. (Courtesy Photo |Deborah Rudis)

A skunk cabbage shoot peaks out of the ground on the trail. (Courtesy Photo |Deborah Rudis)

A double row of trees stands at Point Bridget State Park’s Spaulding Meadows earlier this month. (Courtesy Photo | Sandy R. Williams)

A double row of trees stands at Point Bridget State Park’s Spaulding Meadows earlier this month. (Courtesy Photo | Sandy R. Williams)

A “fairy forest” forms on a conk mushroom. (Courtesy Photo |Deborah Rudis)

A “fairy forest” forms on a conk mushroom. (Courtesy Photo |Deborah Rudis)

Three bald eagles take a spring bath on March 19. Photographer David Athearn says social distancing was observed. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

Three bald eagles take a spring bath on March 19. Photographer David Athearn says social distancing was observed. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

A top-heavy tree seen in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A top-heavy tree seen in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A top-heavy tree seen in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

It’s a Winter Wonderland in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

It’s a Winter Wonderland in Spaulding Meadow on March 14, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

This March 11, 2020, photo shows the impression made by the feathers of a raptor that was likely hunting a small mammal. (Courtesy Photo | Gene Randall)

This March 11, 2020, photo shows the impression made by the feathers of a raptor that was likely hunting a small mammal. (Courtesy Photo | Gene Randall)

Gene Randall, who took this photo, says he enjoys tracking mice, squirrel, porcupine, mink, otter and deer through our winter lawn but have never seen such a display of the “Snow Phoenix” and the likely demise of a mouse. The photo was taken March 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Gene Randall)

Gene Randall, who took this photo, says he enjoys tracking mice, squirrel, porcupine, mink, otter and deer through our winter lawn but have never seen such a display of the “Snow Phoenix” and the likely demise of a mouse. The photo was taken March 11, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Gene Randall)

This eagle, seen in a September 2019 photo, is a regular visitor to the Mendenhall River. It hangs out in a tall snag across the river and sometimes kills and eats ducks in the nearby beaver pond. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)
                                This eagle, seen in a September 2019 photo, is a regular visitor to the Mendenhall River. It hangs out in a tall snag across the river and sometimes kills and eats ducks in the nearby beaver pond. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

This eagle, seen in a September 2019 photo, is a regular visitor to the Mendenhall River. It hangs out in a tall snag across the river and sometimes kills and eats ducks in the nearby beaver pond. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn) This eagle, seen in a September 2019 photo, is a regular visitor to the Mendenhall River. It hangs out in a tall snag across the river and sometimes kills and eats ducks in the nearby beaver pond. (Courtesy Photo | David Athearn)

A young black-tailed Sitka deer forages next to Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A young black-tailed Sitka deer forages next to Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A young black-tailed Sitka deer forages next to Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A young black-tailed Sitka deer forages next to Thane Road. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

One of the many winter faces of Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

One of the many winter faces of Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

One of the many winter faces of Nugget Falls. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Forest reflections can be seen in the waters of Peterson Creek on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

Forest reflections can be seen in the waters of Peterson Creek on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

A beach sculpture seen on a North Douglas beach on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

A beach sculpture seen on a North Douglas beach on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Caroll)

A forest giant comes crashing down with a loud “crack” in a North Douglas forest as seen Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

A forest giant comes crashing down with a loud “crack” in a North Douglas forest as seen Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Herbert River, as seen on Feb. 26, meanders through a meadow and back into the woods. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

Herbert River, as seen on Feb. 26, meanders through a meadow and back into the woods. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

Right: A slough works its way through snow and ice along Windfall Lake trail on Feb. 26. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

Right: A slough works its way through snow and ice along Windfall Lake trail on Feb. 26. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

These footprints in the snow, seen on Feb. 26, look like footsteps for a raven dance. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

These footprints in the snow, seen on Feb. 26, look like footsteps for a raven dance. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

These footprints in the snow, seen on Feb. 26, look like footsteps for a raven dance. (Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll)

Courtesy photos | Sandy R. Williams
                                A snow-shape heart appears on a rock in Paris Creek, Douglas, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Courtesy photos | Sandy R. Williams A snow-shape heart appears on a rock in Paris Creek, Douglas, on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Porcupine markings are seen on a tree on Dupont Trail at the end of Thane Road on Feb. 7.

Porcupine markings are seen on a tree on Dupont Trail at the end of Thane Road on Feb. 7.

Courtesy photo | Barbara Belknap 
                                A raven perches on top of a tree in the Costco parking lot on Feb. 3.

Courtesy photo | Barbara Belknap A raven perches on top of a tree in the Costco parking lot on Feb. 3.

Courtesy photo | Machelle Bennett
                                A raven flies past Gastineau Channel at Sandy Beach on Friday.

Courtesy photo | Machelle Bennett A raven flies past Gastineau Channel at Sandy Beach on Friday.

Courtesy photo | Gina Vose
                                A short-eared owl lands on the snowy ground in Juneau on Jan. 30.

Courtesy photo | Gina Vose A short-eared owl lands on the snowy ground in Juneau on Jan. 30.

Courtesy photo | Lisa Marie Tourtellot
                                A thrush in a hawthorn tree.

Courtesy photo | Lisa Marie Tourtellot A thrush in a hawthorn tree.

The line of demarcation: Deciduous, spruce and hemlock trees are seen Jan. 27 on Mount Roberts. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

The line of demarcation: Deciduous, spruce and hemlock trees are seen Jan. 27 on Mount Roberts. (Courtesy photo | Denise Carroll)

Courtesy photo | Mary Larsen 
                                Taku winds whip up water in Gastineau Channel during a sunrise earlier this month.

Courtesy photo | Mary Larsen Taku winds whip up water in Gastineau Channel during a sunrise earlier this month.

Beachgoers are silhouetted at Echo Ranch in Berners Bay, September 2019.
                                Courtesy photo | Lera Jimmerson

Beachgoers are silhouetted at Echo Ranch in Berners Bay, September 2019. Courtesy photo | Lera Jimmerson

Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll
                                The gossamer look of a dewy spider’s web, Jan. 8, at Eaglecrest.

Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll The gossamer look of a dewy spider’s web, Jan. 8, at Eaglecrest.

Right: Early afternoon clouds descend upon Mount Ben Stewart on Jan 8.

Right: Early afternoon clouds descend upon Mount Ben Stewart on Jan 8.

Above: Winter view from John Muir cabin on Jan. 22.

Above: Winter view from John Muir cabin on Jan. 22.

Mount McGinnis glows in the afternoon light on Jan. 4. 
                                Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll

Mount McGinnis glows in the afternoon light on Jan. 4. Courtesy photos | Denise Carroll

A spiky beach sculpture can be seen on Mendenhall Flats on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

A spiky beach sculpture can be seen on Mendenhall Flats on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

The west and middle peaks of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts reflect on Mendenhall River on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

The west and middle peaks of Mount Juneau and Mount Roberts reflect on Mendenhall River on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Courtesy Photo | Denise Carroll)

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