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3 natural wonders to see while eclipse hunting in Oregon

August 14, 2017

So you’ve finalized your travel plans for #SolarEclipse2017, procured your fancy glasses, and kept up on the most important news updates. Now what?

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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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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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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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Habitats of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Rocky shores and tide pools

September 21, 2016

The Northwest Coastal Explorer author Robert Steelquist takes a close look at this important habitat.

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Rain gardens are not just for rainy places

May 26, 2015

Rain gardens are not just for places that receive a lot of rain. In fact, they may be most beneficial in places that receive very little rain. Brad Lancaster lives in Tucson, Arizona, and shared some of the reasons why he – and his community – create rain gardens. This case study and more can […]

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Ecoregions of the Pacific Northwest

November 26, 2014

Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest authors Mark Turner and Ellen Kuhlmann explain the area’s distinct habitats. The relationships of precipitation, geology, physiography, vegetation, climate, soils, land use, wildlife, and hydrology can be used to paint a broad picture of the ecology of any one geographical area. Within each ecoregion or biogeoclimatic zone, a […]

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Best public gardens in the Pacific Northwest: 1 down, 59 to go

September 17, 2014

The Timber Press office takes a field trip to the Portland Japanese Gardens, one of the many featured in The Pacific Northwest Garden Tour. Donald Olson came from a place where “gardens were yards with mowed grass, shade trees, a few hardy shrubs, and not much else.” Arriving in the Pacific Northwest, the “luxurious abandon” […]

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