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  • Into the wild

    Into the wild

    Rue Mapp's group Outdoor Afro encourages black people to explore nature and learn about things like bird-watching.

  • Semi-wild in the new West

    Semi-wild in the new West

    Semi-wild rural landscapes, where humans mingle with wildlife, are a richer source of biodiversity than many Westerners realize.

  • Birding, fast and slow

    Birding, fast and slow

    If Pepper Trail's Birdathon team had a theme song, it would be "Bat out of Hell."

  • The way the West was can be seen again

    The way the West was can be seen again

    Watching sandhill cranes gather on the Platte River in Nebraska is like stepping into a time machine that takes you back to an unspoiled, wild West.

  • Ready ... or not

    Ready ... or not

    Sometimes a close encounter with wildlife is a little too close for the wildlife's comfort.

  • Cruising the ocean, counting seabirds

    Cruising the ocean, counting seabirds

    What an unconventional journey on a cruise ship can reveal about seabirds' enigmatic lives.

  • This is a winter of snowy owls

    This is a winter of snowy owls

    Big, beautiful snowy owls are showing up far outside their usual range, much to the delight of Western birdwatchers.

  • The Battle for the Verde

    The Verde River is one of Arizona’s last free-flowing stream, but environmental and local activists fear an ambitious planned pipeline, designed to bring groundwater to the growing Prescott area, will end up sucking the river dry

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