• The Ring-tailed Cat

    August 16, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The ringtail cat (Bassariscus astutus) is a small, elusive member of the raccoon family that can be found in the western U.S. and as far east as Oklahoma. The animal gets its name from the seven or eight well-defined black rings on its bushy tail and its slender body shape that resembles that of a …

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  • Joshua Tree National Park

    August 9, 2019 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Nicknamed “J-Tree” by locals, Joshua Tree National Park sits at the crossroads of two deserts, where the low Colorado Desert meets the high Mojave Desert. Named after the thousands of Joshua Trees inhabiting the area, the 800,000-acre park is a treasured desert wilderness located within a few hours from the urban

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  • The Mesquite

    August 1, 2019 Comments (0) Flora

    Well known for being a sought after flavor in high-end restaurants and barbecue pits alike, mesquite is the common name for several varieties of trees found in the desert southwest. This iconic tree has provided shelter and food to wildlife and humans for centuries and is comprised of three common species: honey

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  • The DRB Guide to Ocean Safety

    July 26, 2019 Comments (0) Do's & Don'ts

    We are getting into the the peak of the summer season and almost everybody likes going to the beach, to cool off, play in the water and have fun.  But just like anywhere else you go in the outdoors it’s good to do a little pre-planning and be aware of your surroundings when you get …

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  • The Moose

    July 10, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The moose (Alces alces) is the largest member of the deer family, standing up to seven feet tall at the shoulder and weighing over 700 pounds. The long-legged and long-muzzled animal’s name is derived from the Algonquian word “moosh” (eater of bark). There are four moose subspecies in North America. The Alaskan

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  • Bear-Proofing for the Backcountry

    June 27, 2019 Comments (1) Field Craft

    Danger Ranger Bear here. I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing some thoughts with you about how we can get along better when it comes to sharing food in the backcountry. Let’s start with the mindset that when you’re in the outdoors, you’re in my neighborhood. I’m not intruding in your campsite, you’re

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  • Western Poison Oak

    June 20, 2019 Comments (0) Flora

    “Leaves of three, leave it be…”, is a commonly recited rhyme to warn campers and hikers of the genus of perennial flowering plants in the sumac family, commonly known as “poison oak”, and in particular on the West Coast of the United States, “western poison oak”. This woody shrub is known by its

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  • Preventing Heat Related Injury and Illness 

    June 13, 2019 Comments (0) Do's & Don'ts

    To the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians the rising of the star Sirius signaled the start of “The Dog Days of Summer” when the oppressive heat was attributed to causing madness, war and even befouled the taste of wine.  Though we are pretty sure there are no evil spirits in the air; hot weather, sun …

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  • The Banana Slug

    June 6, 2019 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Banana Slug (Ariolimax californicus), named after the fruit it so closely resembles, is the second largest slug in the world, growing up to 10 inches long and weighing as much as a quarter pound burger…but far less tasty. The bright yellow banana slug, which also comes in hues of brown, white or green, lives

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  • 2019 Overland Expo West

    May 30, 2019 Comments (0) Field Facts

    2019 marked the tenth anniversary for Overland Expo West and it was bigger and better than ever. Grown very noticeably the last few years 2019 saw attendance in excess of 22 thousand people and over 400 exhibitors with showing everything from giant Earth Roamers to the smallest camping tools. The outdoor and

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