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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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Anchored to eternity: Taking a close look at forever

Posted on August 28, 2015

Our guest blogger this month is stewardship intern Sam Chapman; photos by fellow intern Jason Spear. My top five North Coast Land Conservancy properties are easy to list. Necanicum Forest, for being relatively pristine, wet, and shady. Bradley Bog on

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A day chasing coastal butterflies

Posted on July 22, 2015

It’s summertime, and summertime means butterflies. I set out on the first day of July to see how many species I could find by targeting specific habitats. I began my day at Stanley Marsh, where I was greeted by a

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Great blue herons: The next generation

Posted on June 30, 2015

Photographer Neal Maine has a great fondness for great blue herons, among the commonest of birds in these parts. In other places you might see them hunting in fields and meadows, but here you’re most likely to see them in an estuary.

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