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  • The sublime delight of backtracking

    For 20 years, David Bertelsen has been in love with the same five-mile trail up Finger Rock Canyon north of Tucson, keeping track of its animal and plant life and watching out for the well-being of a fragile landscape.

  • The rise and fall of a desert stream

    In Arizona's Galiuro Mountains, desert streams appear and disappear during the course of a day, and the native fish that have adapted to this complex ecosystem face extinction due to introduced non-natives.

  • The oldest living thing is a quiet survivor

    Shielded in anonymity, the "King Clone," a creosote bush identified as the "oldest living thing on Earth," can be found on a dirt road south of Barstow, Calif., where it continues to keep a low profile about the many benefits of its properties.

  • Ecosystems 101: Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Alaska’s Bristol Bay

    Ecosystems 101: Hard lessons from the mighty salmon runs of Alaska’s Bristol Bay

    The world’s longest ongoing salmon research reveals the astounding complexity of wild ecosystems -- and how easily it can be lost.

  • The allure of the gnarled

    It took a while, but the writer eventually came to see the strange, harsh beauty of the gnarled old pinon and juniper trees in Canyon Country

  • How a tiny owl changed Tucson

    The cactus ferruginous pygmy owl has been removed from the endangered species list, but Tucson area leaders say they plan to continue the desert conservation efforts put in place to help the very rare bird

  • The Great Basin: America's wasteland seeks a new

    The Great Basin has often been seen as a wasteland, but now new visions are defining the region.

  • Alien grasses are finding new homes in Arizona

    The writer speaks up for alien grasses that spread fire through the desert

  • Trees can be just another sacred cow

    Only God can make a tree, but anyone can ruin a prairie.

  • Death Valley wakes up with a bang

    The writer drives from Oregon to Death Valley to experience its once-in-a-lifetime wildflower bonanza

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