The Philosophical Gardener: Peas

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“The enemies of peas are few in number, but great in power. Chopped gorse sown with                the seed will prevent the ravages of mice,...

Citizen Science: So What?

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In the early summer, seabirds such as common murres and pigeon guillemots number about 50 birds per square kilometer in the southeast corner of...

Climate Change and Snake River Salmon: Undoing the System

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Why do changing water temperatures in the middle of the tropical Pacific Ocean make it so important to take seriously the long-debated idea of...

Insects on the Peninsula

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Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars We are fortunate to live on the Olympic Peninsula for so many reasons. One that doesn’t get enough attention is that...

Birdman of Protection Island

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At dusk on an early summer evening, Protection Island is silhouetted in a deep, red sunset.  A gentle breeze carries the murmurs of nesting...

Insects on the Peninsula: Part 2

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In the second of a three-part series on Olympic Peninsula insects, we’ll look at some flies, a sawfly, a wasp, a few bees, and...

Insects on the Peninsula: Part 3

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Damselflies, Dragonflies, Beetles and Grasshoppers In this final photo essay about local insects, we’ll look at Damselflies, Dragonflies, Beetles, and Grasshoppers. Years ago, as a beginning...

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So Long, Pygmy Kayaks

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More than three decades ago, when guys like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were building technology companies that would change the world, another Ivy...

How I found Port Townsend

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By Allison Arthur Telling stories, changing stories All I remember is that it was hot and I wanted to get home and off U.S. Highway...

The Loudest Jets in the Quietest Park

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In the summer of 2014, the U.S. Navy established an Electronic Warfare Range on large swathes of Washington's Olympic National Forest and in airspace...

The Philosophical Gardener: Seasonality

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We have had a rather dark and stormy autumn here in the rainshadow; a good deal of the autumn color has been torn from...

The Good News: Puget Sound Herring

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Spring on Puget Sound is about gardens bursting with tulips and daffodils, white sails set against glistening blue seas, and massive, shimmering schools of...