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  • Odes to an urban mountain range

    Two recent guidebooks – Mike Coltrin’s Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide and The Field Guide to the Sandia Mountains by Robert Julyan and Mary Stuever – are excellent guides to the trails and histories of the mountains outside Albuquerque

  • Calling all science nerds

    Calling all science nerds

    Across the country, "citizen scientist" volunteers help professional researchers by gathering data on wildlife species, from moose to hummingbirds.

  • Daniel Marlos shares his knowledge and love of the insect world

    Daniel Marlos shares his knowledge and love of the insect world

    In Los Angeles, self-trained entomologist Daniel Marlos helps others learn about the crawly things he loves through his website: What's That Bug?

  • Helping Hummingbirds with Citizen Science

    Helping Hummingbirds with Citizen Science

    The dedicated volunteers of the Hummingbird Monitoring Network gather field data to help conserve the birds they love.

  • Ruth Kirk, pioneering guidebook author

    Ruth Kirk, pioneering guidebook author

    A natural and human histories expert of the West reflects on her work.

  • The Singing Life of Birds

    The Singing Life of Birds by Donald Kroodsma explores the varieties of birdsong, and even includes a CD of nearly 100 songs

  • Little Things in a Big Country: An Artist and Her Dog on the Rocky Mountain Front

    In Little Things in a Big Country, Hannah Hinchman shares a beautifully hand-drawn, hand-lettered journal of her adventures in Montana with her dog, Sisu

  • Peering into the life of the prairie

    Photos and drawings from Candace Savage’s Prairie: A Natural History give glimpses of a beautiful, diverse region

  • Prey at the waterhole

    The experience of watching a mountain lion is utterly transformed when the watcher realizes he is the one being watched

  • A once and future abundance

    In The Living Shore, food writer Rowan Jacobsen’s interest in the vanishing Olympia oyster leads him to a consuming fascination with threatened coastal ecosystems.

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