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Thinking below the sand

Posted on February 3, 2016

We walk on it. We drive on it. We dig clams on it. It looks like a desert, devoid of life. But like the desert, the beach is actually teeming with wild life—plants and animals, many of them microscopic. “This

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Eagles on the Edge

Posted on December 11, 2015

Once on the brink of survival, bald eagles are now thriving on the Oregon Coast–our own piece of the “Wild Edge,” as Gearhart photographer Neal Maine has been thinking of it. Eagles may be common on the coast, but you have to be

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In the Land of Moss

Posted on November 25, 2015

Between storms, Gearhart photographer Neal Maine has been focusing his camera lens on some of the smallest plants in the rainforest. He was inspired by the lyrical essays in biologist Robin Wall Kemmerer’s award-winning book Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of

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The Violet Homecoming: We could write a book

Posted on October 27, 2015

The story that culminates Nov. 20 and 21 with planting of more than 10,000 early blue violets in the Clatsop Plains began more than a decade ago. It’s one of those multigenerational sagas with a long list of characters, set

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In search of the elusive bisexual checkermallow

Posted on September 18, 2015

By Stewardship Director Melissa Reich In early July, our stewardship team drove the work trucks, Big  Bertha and Helga, down to our newest preserves in the Sand Lake estuary: Sand Lake and Bradley Bog. The six of us — Stewardship

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