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Natural History

Native pollinators we should all bee talking about

February 8, 2018

Native bees are the middle children of the bee world. Honey bees get all the press—the books, the movie deals—even though they came over from Europe with the early colonists. With more and more native bees becoming threatened and endangered, it’s time to highlight some of the many iconic native bees. Here are a few local profiles from Paige […]

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Hive you heard about the Pacific Northwest’s native bees?

February 8, 2018

Burrowing in cow patties and snail shells, pollinating a plant that hits back, and crossing the road to get to the other side—the native bees of the Pacific Northwest are as eccentric and unique as the people that call this region home. Learn more about these Portlandia pollinators from Paige Embry and Our Native Bees: America’s Endangered Pollinators and […]

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The forgotten pollinators: All the buzz about North America’s native bees

February 2, 2018

Native bees are the poor stepchildren of the bee world. Honey bees get all the press—the books, the movie deals—and they aren’t even from around here, coming over from Europe with the early colonists.

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The beauty of Prince Edward Island

January 30, 2018

Enjoy this early peek into The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables to see how the beauty of Prince Edward Island inspired Lucy Maud Montgomery to write the redheaded and imaginative Anne Shirley.

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Mushrooms as medicine, food, and nutrition

January 23, 2018

Which edible mushrooms are the favorites of survivalists? Of chefs? Are humans the only animals that feast on fungi? What kind of preparation makes a mushroom the most nutritious? Learn about using mushrooms as medicine, food, and nutrition from experts and authors of Mushrooms of the Southeast, Todd F. Elliott and Steven L. Stephenson.

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What is a natural life?

January 22, 2018

If you are entering adulthood right now, you will need to find a balance between the consumer life that dominates global media and advertising and a more natural life. To do so, you will need help from elders—parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors. A more natural life is a braver choice, because it doesn’t conform to […]

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Poverty of values: Why we should love nature and use things—not the other way around

January 22, 2018

“It’s not difficult to find evidence that something is badly out of balance in the current version of the good life—the one based on consumption.”

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An interview with Marta McDowell of The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder

January 2, 2018

“Whether child or adult, I think she can lead us all back to nature, to a Wilder garden.” —Marta McDowell

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An interview with Mary Caperton Morton of Aerial Geology

January 2, 2018

“Just remember, traveling doesn’t have to be exotic or expensive. All you really need is time and a good pair of shoes.” —Mary Caperton Morton

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3 gift ideas for the garden geek

December 11, 2017

All gardeners are geeks in their own way but some gardeners dig deeper than others, seeking to discover how far the roots really go. For some people, plants are more than plants. They might be symbols of beauty (rose), peace (olive branch), perfection (orchid), or even death (poppy). Plants can be keys to understanding human […]

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