Wildlife

Washington’s giant sea snail still needs saving
Washington’s giant sea snail still needs saving
The state’s pinto abalone population is 97% lower today than in 1992. Will adding it to endangered species list help?
Close encounters with the bear kind
Close encounters with the bear kind
The very places that attract visitors and newcomers for their proximity to wildlife grapple with a spike in bear-human incidents.
Potato living; safe landings; swarms at the bend
Potato living; safe landings; swarms at the bend
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The desert, divided
The desert, divided
The Borderlands thrive on connections. What would it mean to sever them?
You’re made of the same stuff sloshing around in tidepools
You’re made of the same stuff sloshing around in tidepools
When the tides pull back the water line, a writer takes a trip through time.
A trapped coyote; human waste pollutes Denali; public lands on the runway
A trapped coyote; human waste pollutes Denali; public lands on the runway
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
‘I saw more dead birds in that one pit than hunters would poach’
‘I saw more dead birds in that one pit than hunters would poach’
Egged on by industry lobbyists, Interior Department weakens bird protections.
As Alaska’s waters warm, squid move Northward
As Alaska’s waters warm, squid move Northward
Opalescents are showing up in waters previously considered too cold for them.
We can’t lose the wild to save the domestic
We can’t lose the wild to save the domestic
A few months ago, a coyote ate one of our cats. But I would never kill it for revenge.
What Westerners take for granted
What Westerners take for granted
“I never really considered the concept of public lands until I moved to Iowa.”
Elk vs. helicopter; Girl Scouts expand to weed shops; Colorado’s albino raccoon
Why we should reconsider the starling
Why we should reconsider the starling
An author explores the unlikely relationship between a musical genius and avian pariah.
An armchair journey to the desert
An armchair journey to the desert
A photography book captures the natural splendor of Utah’s five national parks.
The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative risks collapse
The Wyoming Public Lands Initiative risks collapse
As conflicting groups search for middle ground, some say the process is being rushed.
A shrinking supply of abalone shells affects coastal tribes
A shrinking supply of abalone shells affects coastal tribes
Climate change and overfishing have pushed the prized mollusk to perilously low numbers in California.
Latest: Return of the giant orange-toothed rodents
Latest: Return of the giant orange-toothed rodents
Invasive nutria were eradicated from California but are coming back.
In Oregon, a peculiar case for protecting the beaver
In Oregon, a peculiar case for protecting the beaver
Using the Endangered Species Act, a novel strategy could protect keystone species.
In Oregon’s Coast Range, a writer explores identity
In Oregon’s Coast Range, a writer explores identity
A collection of essays ranges through the histories, trees and wildlife of the state.
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Trespassing aliens; Garbage privacy; Brand your calves
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
The Air Force wants to expand into Nevada’s wild desert
A 300,000-acre base expansion would push into intact bighorn sheep habitat.
When elk get iced; Raw water craze; Nudes in Utah
When elk get iced; Raw water craze; Nudes in Utah
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
On love in Death Valley, and what’s been lost
An ode to a time of both sorrow and new found laughter.
A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas
A Montana bill takes aim at wilderness study areas
Sen. Steve Daines wants to slash protections for some of the state’s wildest land.
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