People+Plants+Wildlife

Hidden inhabitants of Circle Creek

Posted on January 16, 2020

Nature photography requires patience and perseverance. Neal Maine knew that when, one recent day, he headed out to Circle Creek Conservation Center in search of wildlife to capture on camera. With a scalpel, he scraped a scrap of lichen clinging

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Dancing upon shadows

Posted on November 14, 2019

There’s a spot along Klootchy Creek east of Seaside where Gearhart naturalist Neal Maine has been dropping in to observe water striders on the calm pools at the water’s edge. The tree canopy here is sparse, letting through enough light

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The Art of Seeing: Pelicans in the Bay

Posted on October 18, 2019

The Sibley Guide to Birds says the American white pelican is a rare visitor to the Oregon Coast. Photographer and naturalist Neal Maine has been seeing these large birds—twice the size of brown pelicans—along the lower Columbia River for years.

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The Art of Seeing: Driftwood

Posted on September 6, 2019

Naturalist and educator Neal Maine helped found NCLC in 1986, becoming its first executive director. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for making deeper connections with the coastal ecosystem through his nature

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The Magic Pot

Posted on August 6, 2019

Jeff Roehm is an active NCLC vounteer who splits his time between Portland and Manzanita. We wrap up our Summer 2019 focus on the 15th anniversary of Circle Creek Conservation Center with this essay from Jeff. One day in early

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