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Winter hoodie-watching

Posted on January 27, 2014

When you focus your efforts on preserving habitat, as North Coast Land Conservancy does—setting the table, as it were—rather than preserving individual species, all kinds of creatures show up. Take the hooded merganser, for instance. This eye-catching duck winters on the

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Watching western meadowlarks in winter

Posted on January 8, 2014

Stewardship Director Melissa Reich was working out at NCLC’s Reed Ranch property recently and reported seeing the state bird of Oregon, the western meadowlark. Meadowlarks are adapted to open grassy areas, and the short-grass coastal prairie habitat found at Reed Ranch makes

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Back to the future: A glimpse of spring at the intersection of the wild and built environments

Posted on January 7, 2014

Gearhart nature photographer Neal Maine has been busy photographing bald eagles at Del Rey Beach and elk in the Neacoxie Creek corridor lately—which brought to mind this sequence of photos he shot last June off Del Rey Beach Road. This

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A hard day’s fishing along the Neawanna

Posted on September 9, 2013

River otters are some of the most enjoyable north coast creatures to watch–there is an exuberance to their work and play that can’t help but bring a smile to your face. Well adapted to the estuary ecosystems found on the

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It’s berry season on the Oregon coast!

Posted on July 22, 2013

Nature photographer Neal Maine was showing videographer Howard Shippey around NCLC’s Thompson Creek-Stanley Marsh Habitat Reserve near Seaside when they noticed a very busy Cedar Waxwing darting in and out of a thicket of blackberries. Investigating further, they were able capture an experience many parents are familiar with during summer berry season…

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