Since 2007, retired ecologist Mary Willson has been contributing a weekly natural history essay to the Juneau Empire, a newspaper in Juneau, Alaska. This website is an online collection and archive of those essays.

To find essays that include a particular topic (such as boreal toads, fireweed, or slime molds) type a word or phrase in the search box. Or browse the collection on your own…and take what you learn on your own explorations.