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Natural History

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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Holiday gift picks, the Pacific Northwest edition

December 11, 2017

Books for both garden and outdoor enthusiasts are frequently regional. Since our office is located in Portland, Oregon, we may be a little partial to the PNW… so here are some titles that celebrate and share the mighty Pacific Northwest!

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Rocks for jocks: The ultimate North American climbing bucket list

October 31, 2017

The most vivid examples of North America’s geological diversity also happen to be a climber’s paradise. Learn some of the natural history surrounding these gems as conversation-starters for when you’re between routes swapping peak-bagging tales with fellow rock hounds.

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Wildlife spectacles and “scant regard for food-chain decorum”

October 23, 2017

In her article “Birds Beware: The Praying Mantis Wants Your Brain,” Natalie Angier details the unexpected hunting habits that are driving some researchers to consider mantises a class all their own. With 3D vision and “scant regard for food-chain decorum,” mantises may be less like insects and more like aspiring vertebrates. Inspired, and a little unnerved out […]

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The “rocky” history of North America: Supercontinents and plate tectonics

October 18, 2017

If you’re curious about the world around you, enjoy the big-picture perspective, and are interested in some of the processes that are constantly reshaping our planet, here’s a crash course on the basics of North America’ geology.

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Trees that can see

October 9, 2017

Trees don’t have two eyes like we do, yet they can see. They know how much light is hitting their leaves, and they know the quality of that light, too.

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The rare fossils of Yoho National Park

October 9, 2017

Not all geologic treasures can be easily seen from the air. Canada’s Yoho National Park, west of Banff on the west side of the Canadian Rockies, doesn’t really stand out in the midst of surrounding mountains. You’ll have to get much closer to see Yoho’s most famous features: rare fossils representing some of the earliest […]

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Nature photography hacks with Robert Llewellyn

October 9, 2017

“If it looks familiar, it is not new.” —Robert Llewellyn

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Mushroom, Toadstool, Bolete, Stinkhorn, or ?

October 9, 2017

So what do you call it?

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A sneak peek at Aerial Geology

September 28, 2017

Filled with fun facts, fascinating histories, and atmospheric photography, Aerial Geology is an up-in-the-sky exploration of North America’s 100 most spectacular geological formations.

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