• Col. Charles Young

    August 13, 2020 Comments (1) Field Facts

    Born into slavery, Charles Young became one of America’s top military leaders while facing nearly insurmountable social barriers. Young was the third African American West Point graduate, the first black military attaché, the highest-ranking black officer in the regular army, and the first black U.S. national

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  • Giant Kelp

    August 6, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) is a form of brown algae and the largest of all kelp species. It is not a plant, but rather a complex form of single cells that work together sharing nutrients and performing specific tasks. It has three basic structures: at its base is the holdfast which anchors the kelp to …

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  • Zion National Park

    July 30, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Zion National Park, home to majestic red cliffs and breathtaking sandstone slot canyons,  is one of five national parks in Utah. Featuring a myriad of desert wildlife and stunning geological formations, Zion offers a landscape that soothes and challenges artists, climbers, canyoneers, hikers, and outdoor

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  • The Brush Mouse

    July 24, 2020 Comments (1) Fauna

    The brush mouse (Peromyscus boylii) is a long-tailed rodent found in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. Since the mouse is nocturnal, most humans will never cross paths with this tiny mammal except when cleaning their droppings from tents, cabins, or campers.  Although adorable in their unique rodent

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  • Preventing Heat Related Injury and Illness 

    July 16, 2020 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. (Nobody likes befouled tasting wine) Though we are pretty sure there are no evil spirits

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  • 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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