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The small mammals of Necanicum Wildlife Corridor

Posted on January 26, 2017

What we call the Necanicum Wildlife Corridor is essentially the Necanicum River watershed: all of the land and tributaries contributing water to the river as it flows from its headwaters 2,800 feet above sea level in the Coast Range to

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Know your neighbors: The squirrels (and kin) of Neacoxie Wildlife Corridor

Posted on January 2, 2017

Gearhart naturalist and photographer Neal Maine has been observing and catching—with his camera—members of the Sciuridae family, which includes ground squirrels, chipmunks, flying squirrels, prairie dogs, and other small- and medium-sized rodents, mostly in NCLC-conserved properties in the Neacoxie Wildlife Corridor. Most were photographed

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Know Your Neighbors: Thompson Creek and Stanley Marsh

Posted on November 26, 2016

December 2016 marks a decade since North Coast Land Conservancy acquired 80 acres at the base of the hills on the east side of Seaside and began an innovative and wildly successful wetlands restoration project. Gearhart photographer Neal Maine has enjoyed

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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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