Nature

Winter Survival Strategies: Learning from Wildlife

Unlike some species of wildlife that must hibernate to survive, we can get outside, eat good food with friends, and stay active.

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Beyond Smokey Bear: Teaching Kids About Wildfires

Smoke billowed in patches from Hall Mountain on the east side of Sullivan Lake in the Colville National Forest when my family arrived for our …

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The Princely Ponderosa

So often in my neighborhood or a trail close to town, I stop to look a majestic, thick-trunked ponderosa up and down. Sometimes it’s one …

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Ana Maria Spagna: Gone Native

She fills her pockets and her pack and her shirt and loiters long, too long, until our companions move on up the trail.  Miles from here …

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Lake Wildlife: What’s that Bird?

Besides mallard ducks and Canada geese, here are other bird species you’re likely to see while paddling or boating around lakes in Eastern Washington and …

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A Sea of Red in a World of Ice

Each spring a striking transformation takes place on mountain glaciers and snowfields across the Pacific Northwest. Large swaths of the bright, highly reflective snowpack that …

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The Human Traits of Magpies

The first time I encountered the mischievous antics of a black-billed magpie was during my first cross-country drive. I was setting up camp in Arches …

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Wildfires

Fire on the Mountain

When the Grateful Dead sang, “Fire on the Mountain,” they didn’t mean forest fires. Ten years later James Hansen delivered his global warming report to …

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Photo of snowmelt.

Slow, Steady, and Deep: The Far-Reaching Effects of a Mountain Snowpack

The snow is off the roof. Hopefully we are done scraping our windshields. But we can look out and still see snow in the high …

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