I just returned from teaching a 3 day workshop at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. Most fittingly, because of the many wlld creatures we got to see, the subject was Flora and Fauna of Cascade Head. This was the 11th year of teaching there during the summer, and every year something new always presents itself. This time, upon our arrival as we unloaded the car, a family of long-tailed weasels came out hunting, the mother with her 8 pups! First they ran across the patio in one direction, then back, and then finally back across again. They disappeared into the salal, but moments later I heard a shriek of surprise from in front of the Smith Studio--that was Studio Technician Molly O'Leary yelling as she saw the mother grab a baby squirrel--Molly yelled at her to try to to get her to drop the squirrel, and the mother weasel charged her, which caused Molly to scream and retreat, the weasel then ran back to grab the squirrel and they all disappeared. I didn't see them again that evening, but did see one down by the Cascade Head Trailhead on Three Rocks Road. I'm not sure if it was the time of year, but I had never seen them at Sitka before, in spite of many walks and trying to pay attention every year to the wildlife around. Sadly I wasn't able to get any photos, but I do intend to create a sketch from my memory of the family running, one behind the other. I did manage to take a photo of a river otter running across the sand across the estuary--they are so sleek and agile in the water, but look a bit awkward on land. Also, elk were grazing in the meadows below Sitka Center each afternoon and evening, a herd of about 50 cows and young bulls.