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  • Writers on the Range Even pests have a purpose

    Even pests have a purpose

    We should celebrate the recovery of the California condor, but raise a glass for a lost louse.

  • Writers on the Range Just don't call the condors wild

    Just don't call the condors wild

    I'm glad condors are flourishing, but with all the cosseting they receive, they're not really wild.

  • Letters

    Sleuthing swifts in Indiana

  • Writers on the Range "Friending" nature

    "Friending" nature

    Using social media and citizen science to track the tiger beetle in New Mexico and Arizona

  • Uncommon Westerners In search of camas, a Native American food staple

    In search of camas, a Native American food staple

    Botanist Madrona Murphy traces long-lost edible wild plant gardens cultivated by the Pacific Northwest's Coast Salish.

  • Feature The Salt Pond Puzzle: Restoring South San Francisco Bay

    The Salt Pond Puzzle: Restoring South San Francisco Bay

    The unintended consequences of the most ambitious wetland recovery project on the West Coast -- and the tough choices biologists may face as they try to balance the competing demands of rare species.

  • Heard Around the West

    Goat man in the forest

    And other Western goat tales

  • Letters

    Hail the ab

  • Editor's Note Not "pristine", but still wild and unpredictable

    Not "pristine", but still wild and unpredictable

    In this new, human-dominated epoch, the "Anthropocene," every attempt at restoration is likely to be filled with tough and risky choices.

  • Sidebar Historic plant cultivation in Northwest native tribes

    Historic plant cultivation in Northwest native tribes

    Lying to rest a dispute over whether tribal reliance on fish meant they did not garden.

  • Uncommon Westerners Save a chimney, save a swift

    Save a chimney, save a swift

    As their natural roosts disappeared, Vaux's swifts turned to old, brick chimneys for refuge during long migrations. Those safe havens are disappearing, too. Luckily, the swifts -- and the chimneys -- have found a champion in Larry Schwitters

  • News On the prowl with Oregon's pygmy owls

    On the prowl with Oregon's pygmy owls

    Biologist John Deshler knows more about pygmy owls than just about anyone. Writer Nick Neely spent a fascinating day with Deshler tracking, capturing and measuring the owls in Portland's Forest Park.

  • Writers on the Range A different voice on the phone

    A different voice on the phone

    The author's weary 21-year-old son, who has always wanted to be a firefighter, shares his frustrations from the fire lines.

  • Writers on the Range Bison deserve a home on the range

    Bison deserve a home on the range

    What better place to let bison run free than Montana's Charles M. Russell Wildlife Refuge, especially since that animal so greatly inspired the artist?

  • Writers on the Range Safari Club and the NRA aim to gut wilderness

    Safari Club and the NRA aim to gut wilderness

    The so-called "Sportsmen’s Heritage Act" is just another attempt to destroy the Wilderness Act and the land and wildlife it protects.

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