Magazine
The Butterfly Sting

April 12, 2010

In a long, nerve-racking undercover operation, a federal wildlife agent brought down one of the world’s most notorious rare-insect traffickers.

Feature

March Madness in Indian Country
March Madness in Indian Country
Basketball provides a bright spot in reservation life.
The Butterfly Sting
The Butterfly Sting
How a federal wildlife agent brought down one of the world's most notorious insect thieves.

Current

Death of an era
Death of an era
High Country News remembers Stewart Udall, the legendary Interior secretary.
More grousing
More grousing
The federal government says sage grouse deserve protection, but delays listing the birds under the Endangered Species Act.
The marten chronicles
The marten chronicles
Biologists trying to photograph wolverines see martens as a nuisance, but martens are actually pretty cool creatures themselves.
Eligible mustangs
Eligible mustangs
In an effort to adopt out more wild horses, the Bureau of Land Management starts posting ads online.
Pioneer stock
Pioneer stock
A Franciscan manzanita, long believed extinct in the wild, is discovered near San Francisco, in the path of a highway expansion.
Our dirty past, our dirty present
Our dirty past, our dirty present
Soon after the EPA was founded 40 years ago, it began photographing American environmental problems for its Documerica Project.
Horses running wild
Statistics reveal the cost and complexity of wild horse management in the West.

Editor's Note

Nature-for-profit
Nature-for-profit
As the economy has globalized, illegal trafficking of wildlife has gotten worse in the West.

Essays

Out of the cubicle, into the canyon
Out of the cubicle, into the canyon
After he gets laid off from his job, a writer seeks consolation hiking in the Sierra Nevada.

Dear Friends

Spring visitors
Spring visitors
Spring visitors, HCN wins praise and awards; new books by Anders Halverson and Mark Matthews; corrections.

Book Reviews

Saving the U.S. Forest Service
Saving the U.S. Forest Service
Timothy Egan's new book, The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America, credits early firefighters for saving the Forest Service.
A once and future abundance
In The Living Shore, food writer Rowan Jacobsen’s interest in the vanishing Olympia oyster leads him to a consuming fascination with threatened coastal ecosystems.

Letters

Sidebar

A poacher's menagerie
A poacher's menagerie
Some of the more dramatic recent arrests involving wildlife trafficking in the Western U.S. are briefly described.