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  • The importance of being nowhere

    The writer muses about his good fortune in falling in love with an Arizona landscape that nobody else seems to have noticed.

  • A sense of wonder needs no name

    Wild creatures are wonderful to encounter, even when they aren't the rare and spectacular species we long to see.

  • Cat trouble dogs Flagstaff

    Mountain lion advocates protest the Arizona Game and Fish Department's decision to kill two lions that had followed hikers and threatened dogs on the edge of Flagstaff.

  • In the grip of Ungulate Fever

    Life in western Colorado leads to many close encounters with deer and elk, both living and dead.

  • Muscle car of the prairie

    The writer reminisces about the time he was a teen-age boy and encountered "nature" with Leviathan, his 1966 Pontiac LeMans, on the plains east of Aurora, Colo., which he discovered was a place of rugged beauty.

  • The American West is an island besieged

    An encounter with an almost-extinct Hawaiian bird leads the writer to wonder whether the West's own wildlife and cultures can survive, or whether the region is fated to become a museum instead of a living landscape.

  • The grasslands — humanity's big backyard

    In Sonoita Plain: Views from a Southwestern Grassland, biologists Carl and Jane Bock convey the subtle beauty of the wildlife and people of Arizona’s Sonoita Valley.

  • An honest take on a tough land

    Ordinary Wolves, Seth Kantner’s extraordinary debut novel, is the coming-of-age story of a young man on the remote Alaskan tundra

  • We are shaped by the sound of wind, the slant of sunlight

    In the leading article of this essay issue, a writer says that nature writing is about much more than nature - it is about community, morality, character and hope as well.

  • When hungry bears drop in for lunch

    The author's cabin one fall attracted a family of super-hungry bears

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