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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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How to See the Rainforest

Posted on March 26, 2016

It was standing room only at Seaside Public Library March 16 for naturalist and nature photographer Neal Maine’s Listening to the Land talk “How to See a Rainforest.” Here are a few images and words from that talk, along with

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Counting on sheep at Reed Ranch

Posted on February 25, 2016

Why are sheep grazing at Reed Ranch Habitat Reserve, North Coast Land Conservancy’s largest preserve in the coastal prairie? Better you should ask, where did all that invasive Scotch broom go? The short answer to both questions: Sometimes it takes unexpected partners—in

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