People+Plants+Wildlife

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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Happy to watch what comes by

Posted on June 23, 2020

Thirty people from Astoria to Waldport participated in NCLC’s first Great Coastal Backyard Bird Count on June 6, inspired by the need to stay close to home this spring. Among them was NCLC’s Land Steward Eric Owen. Here is his

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Watching killdeer, and celebrating life

Posted on May 14, 2020

This male is returning to take his turn incubating the eggs, which are hard to distinguish from the parking lot gravel. The pair started by scraping a slight depression in the gravel, then enhanced it with sticks of wood and

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