Items by Nick Neely

How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
How much do salmon still shape the Northwest?
A new book seeks answers about the future of the iconic fish.
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar
A recently discovered species of crossbill already faces extinction.
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.
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.
Alien life, it turns out, is much closer than Mars
Alien life, it turns out, is much closer than Mars
California's Mono Lake is home to creatures almost as otherworldly as the landscape around them.
A visit to a ghost town in San Francisco Bay
A visit to a ghost town in San Francisco Bay
The federal government has decided to let the tides take what's left of the San Francisco Bay ghost town known as Drawbridge.
Dam removal for dummies
Dam removal for dummies
A how-to guide to free-flowing rivers, with illustrations from Oregon's recently removed Gold Ray Dam.
Case in point
Case in point
Archaeologist Bonnie Pitblado uses a program modeled on Antiques Roadshow to introduce scientists to the artifacts collected by Westerners.
An infestation of the imagination, in a bark beetle lab
An infestation of the imagination, in a bark beetle lab
Reagan McGuire uses the lessons he learned as a pool shark to tackle the problem of rampaging bark beetles.
Reduce, reuse, re ... steelhead?
Reduce, reuse, re ... steelhead?
In Oregon, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife carefully “recycles" hatchery-raised steelhead.
Eligible mustangs
Eligible mustangs
In an effort to adopt out more wild horses, the Bureau of Land Management starts posting ads online.
The smoke police
The smoke police
Simon Winer patrols the San Francisco Bay Area, sniffing out violators when poor air quality requires a ban on wood-smoke fires.
One long haul
One long haul
Huge trains have begun hauling uranium tailings from a site near Moab, Utah, to a repository 30 miles away in Crescent Junction.
Catch-and-release at HCN
Catch-and-release at HCN
New HCN interns Nick Neely, Lisa Song and Rachel Waldholz; former intern Cally Carswell returns; Marty Durlin leaves HCN to write plays; and thoroughly chilled visitors.
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