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The biogeography of Pacific Northwest butterflies

May 8, 2018

Animals and plants occur where they do, and don’t where they don’t, because of particular characteristics of the landscape in concert with their own adaptations and ecological amplitude. Learn more about the butterflies unique to the biogeographic regions of the beautiful Pacific Northwest with help from Robert Michael Pyle and Caitlin C. LaBar, authors of Butterflies of […]

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Kindred spirits: The lives of Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne Shirley

April 25, 2018

When Lucy Maud Montgomery created Anne Shirley, she contributed a memorable character to the rich literature of orphans: Jane Eyre, Tom Sawyer, and Huck Finn, along with Dickens’s Oliver Twist, David Copperfield, and Pip of Great Expectations. Each of these children is tested again and again by cruel adults and brutal circumstances, yet each manages […]

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An interview with Catherine Reid of The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables

March 14, 2018

“Who wouldn’t want to see the island again, accompanied this time by Montgomery’s vivid imagination, her fierce intellect, and her ability to capture a world she knew so intimately?” —Catherine Reid

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A sneak peek at The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables

February 27, 2018

Discover how L.M. Montgomery’s deep connection to the landscape inspired her to write Anne of Green Gables.

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Avonlea with an A

January 30, 2018

During the course of her life, Lucy Maud Montgomery published twenty novels, more than five hundred short stories, hundreds of poems, and numerous essays. But it was her first and remarkable novel, Anne of Green Gables (1908), that garnered her a worldwide audience. The enthusiastic response to the book spurred an immediate request for more stories about […]

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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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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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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’s 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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