People+Plants+Wildlife

A biologist paints with light

Posted on November 2, 2016

Fall leaf color has a beauty of its own, even though it is the net effect of some amazing internal chemistry of leaves. The green pigment in leaves is chlorophyll, which absorbs red and blue light from the sunlight that

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Mothing: It’s the new big thing

Posted on September 24, 2016

  What is mothing? At its simplest, it’s looking for and enjoying moths. According to the website Pacific Northwest Moths, there are more than 1200 moth species in our region. Compare this to birds (about 600 species) or butterflies (about

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Nurses by nature

Posted on August 30, 2016

On a recent visit to our Pacific Wetlands Habitat Reserve, NCLC Conservation and Stewardship Manager Amy Hutmacher stumbled on some old tires that had been left on the property probably decades ago—so long ago that they were now hard to recognize

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Dodging cow pies and spying on beaver: A visit to Crosel Creek

Posted on July 29, 2016

A bit beyond Astoria High School lies one of North Coast Land Conservancy’s lesser-known properties. This wetland on the Lower Columbia is both heavily impacted by human activity and largely untouched. Pristine habitats and a diverse community of species rule

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Back to the future: Elk on the Oregon Coast

Posted on June 29, 2016

Elk have a long history on the northern Oregon Coast—much longer than humans. And they got along well with humans here, sharing the landscape, for 10,000 years or more. Market hunters nearly wiped them out 200 years ago. But they’re back,

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