• Rosemary

    February 25, 2021 Comments (0) Flora

    Rosemary (Rosemarinus officinalis) is one of the oldest known medicinal herbs. This fragrant plant has been used over the centuries to improve memory, support digestive health, and add a killer flavor to roast lamb (and practically everything else). Rosemary is a perennial evergreen found across the world in warmer

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  • A Short History of Cross Country Skiing

    February 18, 2021 Comments (0) Field Facts

    The art of strapping two sticks on your feet and traversing snowy landscapes has been infuse by humans for nearly 7,000 years. While skis have allowed people to hunt, gather firewood, and travel quickly on snow, using cross-country skis is also one of the more physically taxing activities. Cross-country skiing uses

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  • The Snowshoe Hare

    February 11, 2021 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Snowshoe Hare (Lepus americanus) is a resident of upper North America from Alaska across Canada and stretching south along mountainous areas of California, New Mexico and the Appalachians. Also called a Varying Hare or (erroneously) a snowshoe rabbit the Hare’s name is readily apparent do to its very large hind

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  • 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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