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Puget Sound Spring – The Abundance of Life

The Seattle Times has a recent article on the resurgence of fauna in Puget Sound.  The focus is on Possession Sound – between Everett and Whidbey Island, but the same would be true for all the waters that make up the Salish Sea (the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia;…

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The Doomsday Glacier Is Melting Faster Than Thought

The Thwaites Glacier is an Antarctic Glacier that flows from the western side of Antartica into the Pine Island Bay that is part of the Amundsen Sea. It’s called the Doomsday Glacier because, along with the Pine Island Glacier, it is thought to have significant potential to raise global sea…

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When We Love Too Much…Salmonids

Dave McCoy is the owner of Emerald Water Anglers, and is an ambassador for both Patagonia and Thomas & Thomas. In a long conversation with filmmaker Mark Titus, he reflects on the business and sport of fly fishing in a time of climate change and the risks of species extinction….

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Lords of the Fly

It has been on Earth for at least 50 million years; its fossil ancestors go back more than 100 million years. Its females can live 50 years, with males living approximately 30 years. It is a slow-growing fish, but can reach up to eight feet long, and the largest can…

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Barry Lopez’s Last Interview

Sometimes called the modern Thoreau, Barry Lopez had a reporter’s insights and a naturalist’s focus on the relationships between humanity and the natural world. He was a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, but is perhaps best known for his non-fiction book on the fragile Arctic, Arctic Dreams (1986), which…

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The Health Impacts of Climate Change

Cathy Whitlock, PhD, is a paleoecologist at Montana State University in Bozeman. She has written over 200 peer-reviewed articles for scientific journals, and was the lead author  of the 2017 Montana Climate assessment, that among other findings forecast continued decreasing winter snowpack; increasing numbers of wildland fires; increased forest mortality,…

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1% for the Planet

I have long admired 1% for the Planet. Founded by Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia) and Craig Matthews (Blue Ribbon Flies) in 2002, its goal was to help protect the planet by giving 1% of each of their annual sales – whether or not profitable – tp the work of environmental protection…

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An Elk CWD Super-Spreader Location

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is one of the most feared of diseases that affect North American wildlife; in particular, the species most at risk are caribou, deer, elk, and moose. It is a prion disease that is similar to Mad Cow disease in cows and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans.  And…

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Washington Steelhead Extinction?

One of the most iconic of Northwest fish is the steelhead.  While commonly thought of as a salmon, the fish is actually an anadromous rainbow trout that is prized for its beauty and tenacity. For fishers, both fly and gear, it is the fish of dreams. I’ve known people who…

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The War of the Worlds: COVID-19 and the Climate Emergency

While the resolution of the 2020 election works its way through appeals, denials and temper tantrums, the transition continues to the eventual inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20th, 2021. Depending on their political affiliation, if any, people are ecstatic, angry, or indifferent – and yes, there are many of…

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