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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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The coastal prairie blooms again

Posted on May 31, 2016

While an un-mowed prairie in the Clatsop Plains may look, at a cursory glance, like an unkempt lawn, a closer inspection will reveal a whole host of spectacular native wildflowers lying below the grassy surface. Western buttercups and early blue

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A Closer Look at Backyard Birds

Posted on April 18, 2016

Because he’s out every single day, looking, Gearhart photographer Neal Maine often gets us close to birds not all of us see for ourselves, such as migrants that might stop for a day or two and move on. Meanwhile, plenty of songbirds

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