People+Plants+Wildlife

The Us Tree

Posted on November 21, 2020

Back in early May of this year, at the height of our quarantine from nearly everything, I sat at my computer and wrote a small essay about some trees that had entered my life over the past few years. When

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A Connection to the Ancient Past at Butterfield Fen

Posted on November 2, 2020

A visit to the Gearhart Fen is “just like walking into a museum,” ecologist and botanist Kathleen Sayce says. She would know. Kathleen has spent many hours documenting the plant life in the fen, much of which is conserved as

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Life in the gutter

Posted on September 10, 2020

What some might perceive as a homeowner’s maintenance nightmare, others—such as biologist, photographer, and NCLC co-founder Neal Maine—see as the opportunism of wild nature, asserting itself. The change of seasons has inspired Neal to dig out some of his favorite

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On the hunt for forgotten fauna

Posted on August 26, 2020

If you’ve looked at the list of flora and fauna found in the proposed Rainforest Reserve (linked at the bottom of the project’s biodiversity page ), you might have noticed that it’s a little lopsided: the only invertebrates listed are

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Admit it: moths are cute

Posted on July 27, 2020

Insect Appreciation Month wrapped up yesterday, and with it, NCLC’s month-long insect bioblitz on iNaturalist. Sixteen observers took part, collectively racking up 1,333 observations. Among them were a number of moths (not coincidentally, the third week of Insect Appreciation Month

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