• The Yarrow

    July 9, 2020 Comments (2) Flora

    Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) should be renamed the Pharmacy of the Forest. For centuries, Native Americans, pioneers, and modern-day herbalists have been using this plant to fight infections, heal wounds, break fevers, and aid digestion.  Yarrow belongs to the genus Achillea named after the mythological figure

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  • The DRB Guide to Ocean Safety 2020

    July 2, 2020 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 Raven

    June 25, 2020 Comments (2) Fauna

       “And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sittingOn the pallid bust of Pallas just above my chamber door;    And his eyes have all the seeming of a demon’s that is dreaming,    And the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor;And my soul from out that shadow

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  • Slingshot 101

    June 18, 2020 Comments (4) Field Craft

    When I was a child, my father made me my first slingshot. It was underpowered by most standards since it was constructed of rubber bands linked together but to me it was awesome. I shot little pebbles with it in the backyard and it created a monster inside me. As years went on, this monster …

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  • The American Chestnut

    June 11, 2020 Comments (1) Flora

    The American chestnut (Castanea dentata) tree, which once blanketed the eastern United States for thousands of years, has become the star of an American botanical horror story. The American chestnut tree, which could reach heights of nearly 100 feet and grow trunks up to 10 feet in diameter, was treasured for its

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  • The Saga of Sir John Franklin pt. 2

    June 4, 2020 Comments (2) Field Facts

    From Baffin Island, Franklin headed west and made it to Beechey Island, about 475 nautical miles north of the Arctic Circle, before the pack ice forced the expedition to a halt.   That first winter, three crew members, Royal Marine Private William Braine, Able Seaman John Harkness, and Petty Officer John

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  • The Javelina

    May 28, 2020 Comments (1) Fauna

    The javelina (Tayassu tajacu), also known as a collared peccary, is a pig-like mammal found throughout the arid climates of the southwestern United States. Covered with coarse black hair peppered with gray and brown, the javelina sports a lighter colored band or collar, circling the shoulders.  Adult javelina

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  • The Saga of Sir John Franklin Pt. 1

    May 14, 2020 Comments (2) Field Facts

    Before setting out on his final polar expedition in 1845 and creating one of history’s more intriguing and enduring maritime mysteries, Sir John Franklin had served in three wars, surveyed Australia, and mapped unexplored areas of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Throughout his five-decade career in the

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  • The Prickly Pear Cactus

    May 7, 2020 Comments (2) Flora

    The Prickly Pear Cactus, known more formally as Opuntia is probably one of the most recognizable Cacti in the world. With dozens of variations it is originally from the Americas in what is now Central Mexico, but Opuntia has radiated out to arid and semi-arid regions all around the world. Said to be given to …

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  • Hoe Cakes

    April 30, 2020 Comments (1) Camp Kitchen

    All around the world different civilizations and cultures have developed ways to get necessary and filling carbohydrates by making bread while on the go and/or from minimum ingredients. Fry bread, tortillas, pita- some baked directly in the ashes of a campfire have kept people going for centuries.  Today’s Camp

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