• Obsidian

    February 5, 2021 Comments (0) Field Craft

    Obsidian is a type of volcanic glass that is formed when lava with high a silicon content is rapidly cooled, usually by contact with water. Obsidian is usually black or dark grey in appearance but can take on other colors due to the presence of trace mineral impurities. The lack of a traditional crystalline structure

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  • The Sugar Maple

    January 28, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    The Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) is a hardwood tree found in the eastern and midwestern regions of the northern United States and in eastern Canada. Well known for producing both beautiful fall foliage and delicious maple syrup, the Sugar Maple can live to more than 400 years and reach heights of 115 feet.  Once

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  • Katmai National Park and Preserve

    January 21, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Located 290 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, Katmai sits in the middle of one of the most volcanically active landmasses on earth. The 1912 eruption of Novarupta transformed a fertile green valley that was home to wildlife and humans alike for millennia, into an ash-filled wasteland. Novarupta was the 20th

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  • The Snowy Owl

    January 15, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) is the largest bird species in the Arctic, with an average wingspan of 67 inches and a weight of about 3.3 pounds. Females are slightly larger and heavier than males.  This owl has the perfect camouflage for its wintery environment. The bird is covered with white feathers imprinted

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  • 5 Ways Plants Prepare For Winter

    December 18, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    When it comes to surviving the cold, snow, and ice of winter, plants don’t have as many options as animals. They can’t move into a cave or den and hibernate. And there’s a reason you don’t see mass herds of aspens or flocks of ferns migrating south for the winter. Plants are rooted in place.

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  • 5 Ways Animals Adapt to Winter

    December 10, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    As the days get shorter and the nights grow longer, temperatures in the northern hemisphere begin to plummet. The colder weather triggers various adaptive survival mechanisms to allow animals and insects to survive one of the earth’s harshest seasons. Winter is coming.  With freezing and sub-freezing

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  • The California Gray Whale

    December 3, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    The California Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus) also goes by a few different names such as Grey Whale, Gray Back Whale or Pacific Gray Whale. One part of their name comes from the gray appearance they obtain as barnacles and other hangers-on give a lighter mottled appearance to their darker skin. The second reason

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  • John Wesley Powell

    November 19, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    John Wesley Powell was an iconic 19th-century explorer, scientist, and environmentalist. He is best known for his daring riverine explorations of the upper Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. An adventurer from an early age, Powell walked across the state of Wisconsin when he was 21. The following year, he continued

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  • The California Redwood

    November 12, 2020 Comments (1) Flora

    California Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) also known as the Coastal Redwoods, come from the Cypress family and are truly ancient giants that once spanned the Earth. Today, they are only found in a narrow 450 mile long strip strip along the coast of California and part of Oregon. This specific location is due to the

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  • Prometheus Design Werx Fall/Winter Preview 2020

    November 6, 2020 Comments (1) Gear Reviews

    The ever popular Beast Hoodie has returned for 2020! This year’s version is thicker, denser, and heavier weight than 2019. We used a US-made Polartec ThermalPro Shearling Retro Pile Fleece. A distinct, technical mid-layer with an alpinist legacy. The Beast Hoodie is very breathable, helps regulates body

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