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  • Why we don’t "get" climate change

    Why we don’t "get" climate change

    Does humanity’s poor time-depth perception explain our lack of environmental coordination?

  • Look! Shooting stars!

    Look! Shooting stars!

    A naturalist’s advice: pay attention

  • Heading out of fall's impending darkness

    Heading out of fall's impending darkness

    As winter approaches, the author heads to the mountains in search of light.

  • Pondering change in the Great Basin

    Pondering change in the Great Basin

    Paleontology and geology at Summer Lake, an ancient lake bed in Oregon, have shown the Great Basin's history of dramatic change

  • No longer the safest place

    No longer the safest place

    One ideal corner of the Northwest can’t escape environmental impacts from the rest of the world.

  • Survival of the worthless

    Survival of the worthless

    Let's hear it for the sagebrush solitude of the West -- especially those places most Americans consider "worthless."

  • 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.

  • 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."

  • Bear witness to climate change

    Bear witness to climate change

    To imagine what your corner of the West will be like in a warmer climate, consider how different plants and animals are at a lower elevation.

  • Cow-free at last

    Cow-free at last

    A ground-breaking agreement between ranchers and environmentalists means that Oregon’s beautiful Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is virtually cow-free.

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