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Natural History

Regional foraging: The taste of summer

May 9, 2017

Scroll to your region to discover the tasty summer flavors blooming in your area! For more foraging insights, check out our Timber Press Foraging Guides, perfect for newbies and experts who want to enjoy the abundance of wild foods in their region.

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Living Fire: Not your grandparents’ landscape

May 9, 2017

An excerpt from Land on Fire: The New Reality of Wildfire in the West by Gary Ferguson.

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An interview with Gary Ferguson of Land on Fire

May 4, 2017

“While the effects of climate change vary greatly region to region, the entire planet is being affected to some degree.”

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Get outside with this cross-country scavenger hunt

April 17, 2017

Summer is the ideal time to pack up for a journey from coast to coast. Whether you want to study the diversity of landscapes from the Pacific Northwest to New England (and everything in between), or you’re just enjoying afternoon explorations in your own backyard, our Timber Press Field Guides will inspire and educate. How many of these amazing natural wonders you can […]

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Sustainable wildcrafting

April 4, 2017

To determine whether harvesting is appropriate and to ensure that the places where we harvest medicinal plants remain healthy and viable for many generations to come, I encourage you to gain as much understanding as possible of the intricate web of interrelations that keep ecosystems functioning in a healthy way.

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Getting to know your region

March 31, 2017

By observing the surrounding countryside in your region, birds present in remnant habitats, parks, and gardens, and researching the species that once lived in your area or passed through during migration, you can discover what species of birds are likely to be attracted to your garden. Then you can plan your garden to cater to […]

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State birds of the Pacific Northwest

March 7, 2017

Birds of the Pacific Northwest describes and illustrates more than 400 bird species commonly encountered in the diverse landscapes of the region. In this excerpt, John Shewey and Tim Blount tell us more about the iconic state birds of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

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Hold that swat—maybe it’s a hover fly!

March 7, 2017

You feel an insect on your arm. You look down, see a yellowjacket—hold that swat! Don’t let a case of mistaken identity turn deadly. Learn about the clever disguise of the hover fly in this species profile from Natural History of the Pacific Northwest Mountains: Plants, Animals, Fungi, Geology, Climate by Daniel Mathew.

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An interview with James Hitchmough

February 28, 2017

“I think almost all planting is in some way a combination of the artistic and the scientific, and my work is no different.” —James Hitchmough

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The Midwest spirit of place

February 7, 2017

How do you define the spirit of the Midwest? In this excerpt from Native Plants of the Midwest, Alan Branhagen captures the spirit of this unique region in rich prose that is equally informative and beautiful: “It’s the blend between the verdant lush forests of the Appalachians on the east and the dry, short grasses of the Great […]

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