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Beauty, Brutality and Thru-Hiking

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Winter came early to Colorado and people were leaving the backcountry with the first snow. Only the hikers remained, adding to the animal tracks thatfollowed the Continental Divide Trail (CDT).

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- Jan 31, 2018
Book Review: Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals

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As individuals who work in the environmental field and whose hobbies involve being outdoors, we had heard of some of the extinct species featured in Brief Eulogies for Lost Animals by Daniel Hudon before…

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- Dec 20, 2017
The Whales of Husavik, Iceland

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There is a small town in northern Iceland that describes itself as Europe’s best whale-watching destination. I traveled there in August 2016 to conduct research for my master’s thesis — I wanted to interview…

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- Dec 06, 2017
Waking up to Vancouver Island's Diversity

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From untouched white sand beaches to dense forests full of wildlife, Vancouver Island off the west coast of British Columbia in Canada offers an incredible display of biodiversity and the experience of…

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- Nov 22, 2017
Scottish Wildcats: The Endangered Feline of Britain

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The “British Tiger,” with dense fur and bewitching eyes, is at the heart of many British folk stories and traditions. Hundreds of years ago their ferocity, untamable nature, and haunting mating calls infiltrated…

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- Nov 08, 2017
Birdwatching: A Growing Industry in Post-Conflict Colombia

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In November 2016, Colombia’s congress approved a historic peace deal after a 52-year conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). For decades, the presence of armed groups prevented…

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- Oct 22, 2017
Time to BioBlitz

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I’m standing in the Hoh rainforest in Olympic National Park, a light drizzle starting to come down on this late day in May. I’m surrounded by people who are absolutely enthralled by the various mosses,…

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- Oct 16, 2017
Bobcats in the Hood

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As I open my garden gate on an uncharacteristically sultry Southwest summer afternoon, I hear a growl, a thump and then scrabbling in the Russian olive tree above me. I round the corner and come face to…

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- Sep 23, 2017
Book Review: Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?

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Many readers of Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? written by renowned Dutch primatologist and ethologist Franz de Waal would be intrigued but perhaps not surprised to learn that chimpanzees…

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- Sep 12, 2017
Hurricane Impact on Wildlife

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In the United States, the news is currently dominated by storm stories, from Hurricane Harvey’s assault on Texas and Louisiana, to the incoming Hurricane Irma heading toward island nations, Puerto Rico,…

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- Sep 06, 2017
Meeting with an Elephant

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In this unprincipled time of elephant carnage in the name of ivory, my wife, son and I have come to view elephants as being on equal footing, searching for them with a guide on conservation lands.

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- Aug 27, 2017
The Living Boulders of  a Faraway Time

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We walked among the armored behemoths in total awe, mesmerized  by the sands and giant green euphorbia bushes that seemed to be from a primeval time.  My wife Marie and I came within 40 feet of a single…

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- Aug 14, 2017