• Preventing Heat Related Injury and Illness 

    September 1, 2022 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

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  • The Sockeye Salmon

    August 25, 2022 Comments (0) Fauna

    The sockeye salmon is one of nature’s greatest wonders, traveling 1,000 miles in a year between freshwater and saltwater, surviving countless predators, and having a one in 1,000 chance of reaching adulthood. The sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) is one of the smaller species of salmon found along North

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  • Duke Kahanamoku: Olympian, Surf Legend, and Hawaii Icon

    August 18, 2022 Comments (0) Field Facts

    One of the world’s most renowned watermen, Clyde “Duke” Paoa Kahinu Mokoe Hulikohola Kahanamoku, changed how we view and engage with oceans today. As a five-time Olympic medalist, rescue swimmer, and the father of modern surfing, Kahanamoku defined the standard of the 20th-century Renaissance aquatic

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  • The Cholla Cactus

    August 4, 2022 Comments (1) Flora

    The Cholla cactus is a dastardly plant that thrives in deserts across North America. This cactus has adapted to several different arid elevations and locales throughout North America and ranges from one to 15 feet tall, depending on the species. Some live in mountain forests and others in dry, rocky flats or

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  • Vortex Solo 8X36 Monocular

    July 28, 2022 Comments (5) Gear Reviews

    A monocular offers particular advantages over binoculars due to their compactness and weight savings. Additionally, people with less than stellar vision, who wear glasses or have astigmatism (or even the piratical types who wear an eyepatch) will get better performance looking through a single tube versus binoculars.

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  • The Fisher

    July 21, 2022 Comments (0) Fauna

    The fisher (Pekania pennanti) is a cat-sized carnivorous mammal in the weasel family found in North America’s boreal forests. Sometimes called a fisher cat, the fisher’s closest relatives are the (Martes americana) and Pacific marten (Martes caurina).  Solitary predators, fishers can be found in

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  • Katmai National Park and Preserve

    July 14, 2022 Comments (1) 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 Cottonwood Tree

    July 7, 2022 Comments (0) Flora

    While many American trees have had notable roles in the country’s history, perhaps none played a more significant part than the continent’s largest hardwood, the cottonwood. This tree, also known as the poplar, was directly involved in the success of the 1804-1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition. Nearly 80

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  • Gertrude Bell

    June 30, 2022 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Gertrude Bell (1868-1926) was a Victorian-era trailblazer who left the posh comforts of her wealthy British family for a life of exploration, archaeology, and political service. She authored several books on the Middle East and played a critical role in establishing modern-day Iraq after the First World War. 

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  • The Rattlesnake

    June 23, 2022 Comments (0) Fauna

    Rattlesnakes are a type of venomous pit viper found in every state of the lower 48 and in almost every type of environment. Rattlesnakes are comprised of a group of 32 known species and as many as 70 subspecies. Most are commonly found in the South West but can be found anywhere from sea level …

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