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Natural History

Family adventure tips: Preparing, packing, and safety

April 24, 2018

Handcrafted for Northwest parents, educators, and caregivers that want to spark a love of nature, 50 Hikes with Kids highlights the most kid-friendly hikes in Oregon and Washington. Here, author Wendy Gorton offers the best tips and tricks to prepare for a safe and fun hike.

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The power of bees

April 17, 2018

In her travels with farmers, gardeners, and scientists, Paige Embry examines the vital role these pollinators play. Along the way, she hunts for a bumble bee that may be extinct. Filled with Embry’s discoveries, both sobering and hopeful, Our Native Bees offers a rare exploration of these underappreciated natives so crucial to our survival.

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Don’t pick your poison

March 14, 2018

Always know your poisonous plants first. You need to learn which plants to keep out of your basket before you can know which ones to put in. These are some poisonous plants commonly found throughout the states and provinces of the mountain west.

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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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Guidance for the Wild Harvest

March 14, 2018

Something brought you to this post, that innate need for learning, a passion for plants, or a desire to understand how to make simple, pure medicines. With the help of Briana Wiles, author of Mountain States Medicinal Plants, you’ll learn about how to harvest foraged medicinal plants safely.

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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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An interview with Scott Freeman of Saving Tarboo Creek

February 22, 2018

“Ethics start at home and expand outward. We can’t expect someone else to defend what we value—we have to do it. That means taking care of the place that is your place in the world.” —Scott Freeman

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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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