People+Plants+Wildlife

Celebrating the on-time return of the coho

Posted on February 20, 2014

As November stretched into December and then January with no coho salmon in the creeks, you could hear a lot of concerned voices on the North Coast. Where were the fish? Coho salmon need rain to raise the creeks and provide a

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Images from the Snowstorm

Posted on February 10, 2014

Warm (we hope) in his bird-blind-on-wheels, photographer Neal Maine was out as usual on Thursday, Feb. 6, and the days that followed, shooting wildlife in and around Seaside and Gearhart–but with the added element of snow. Lots of snow. Here is a selection

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Growing Violets for the Prairie

Posted on February 5, 2014

A HUGE thanks to everyone who helped us pot violets on Friday, Jan. 31. There were seven of us nursery worker bees and we potted 11,760 violets in one day! These violets are going to grow at the Northwest Oregon Restoration

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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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