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  • 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

  • Lessons from a porcupine

    The writer develops a one-sided relationship with a porcupine

  • A lesson in aridity from Wallace Stegner

    The late writer Wallace Stegner tried to tell us years ago that Westerners live in an arid region, and we need to adapt to it

  • A lesson in engagement from Mary Page Stegner

    A talk with Wallace Stegner’s 91-year-old widow, Mary Page Stegner, reminds the writer of all that Stegner taught us, and of all we still have to learn from him

  • When whiteouts in winter seem like forever

    On the road in a snowstorm, time seems to stop, and you sometimes wonder if you will ever get home again.

  • Real men head for Alaska

    A visit to Alaska’s Kodiak Island leads the author to feel meek and mild in comparison to the manly men he meets, who battle wolverines in the wildest place in the country.

  • My trysts with Miss November

    November out West: The spectacle of changing leaves has passed, the hills collecting snow are not yet blanketed in white, and daylight savings brings night time all too soon. It may sound innocent, but the season feels like a cruel and careless mistress t

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