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Wild Animals — Up Close and Personal

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.   –John Muir

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Benefits of Native Gardens

Learn more about the benefits and how to plan a native garden of your own. (Many great resources.) Have you ever wondered why your garden requires so much work? The birds and bees who visit know how to care for themselves, so why not the plants? The trouble is, most American gardens are planted with […]

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How Wolves Change Rivers

The interconnectedness of nature is greater than you could ever imagine. Watch this video to see how the wolf’s return to Yellowstone restored woodlands, increased wildlife and even changed the course of rivers for the better.

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To Help Save Monarch Butterflies, Buy Organic

I was devastated to learn last week that the number of monarch butterflies who made it to their winter stomping grounds in Mexico plunged 59%

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The Perils of Bird Migration

Migration is a risky business, as I’ve had the chance to experience vicariously this fall via Osprey’s Journey, a website I helped design that is tracking the migration of an osprey from Jamaica Bay in New York to South America. He goes by the name of Coley and though I’ve never seen him in the […]

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Where Did the Stars Go?

On a clear night a century ago, thousands of stars would have been visible to most people on the planet. Today, that’s only true for a minority — those living in rural areas far from urban settings. For the rest of us, the sky is relatively empty. Folks in the suburbs might see a few […]

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See the Milky Way Rising (video)

Once a familiar fixture of the night sky, the Milky Way is now invisible to most of the world’s people. The reason is light pollution from the artificial lights that keep our modern cities and suburbs ablaze at night. The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy, which has arms spiraling off a center piece. […]

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Coley the Osprey’s Migration

The development of lightweight solar-powered GPS transmitters in recent years has enabled scientists — and the bird-loving public — to discover where ospreys go when the weather turns cool and how they get there. One migrating osprey being tracked right now is “Coley,” who was equipped with a GPS backpack in May. After a summer […]

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Walking Quotes by Muir, Thoreau, et. al.

Quotes that will resonate with the walker in you — in graphic form.

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Walking by Henry David Thoreau

Don’t let the title of this great, underread essay by Thoreau deceive you. It is about walking, yes, but walking as a way of being in the world. Within the beautiful, meandering 19th-century language is a breathtakingly radical vision.

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