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Cool July Morning

The rest of the country, at least out West, is broiling with drought and wildfires – so why was I cold this morning? After dropping off our dog Henry for one of his twice-weekly play dates at Furry Farms doggie daycare, I went down to Tacoma Narrows park to chase…

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Stream Temperatures That Kill Fish

Increasing summer stream temperatures reflect the impacts of climate change.  While we may choose to fish or not fish during the warm summer months, including being regulated by “hoot owl” restrictions imposed by fisheries managers, the fish have no choice but to swim in those warm streams. We should all…

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Drop

What journey does a drop of water take from the mountains of western Montana to the Pacific Ocean? Hilary Hutcheson is a fly shop owner, fly fishing guide, and Patagonia ambassador from Columbia City, Montana, and took that journey to find out; along the way she produced a video to…

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Losing the Solitude

I first visited Yellowstone National Park (YNP) in early October 1975, when I was training at the Naval Nuclear Prototype facility that was  50 miles west of Idaho Falls. I qualified there to operate nuclear power plants on submarines. That first visit was memorable. Almost nothing was open and traffic…

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Electric Dreams or Nightmares

As much as anyone else, I am enthusiastic about the vision of our car-driving country moving to fleets of electric vehicles. It’s part of a future based on renewables and non-polluting energy; a future where use of fuels like oil, natural gas, and coal will vanish. And the move to…

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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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