• The Tarantula Hawk

    November 17, 2022 Comments (0) Fauna

    The tarantula hawk is a large wasp that may be the most sadistic flying insect on the planet. This giant, metallic blue wasp brings a world of hurt to any living creature that dares mess with it. It is also the only wasp that actively hunts tarantulas and turns them into zombified buffets for their …

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  • The Manzanita

    November 3, 2022 Comments (0) Flora

    The twisted trunk of the manzanita tree, with its smooth, cinnamon-red bark, has become a scenic fixture in the landscapes of the American West. Found on dry, sunny slopes at low elevations, the manzanita is an evergreen that is treasured for the beauty and sustenance it provides. While there were only three original

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  • Vampire Bats

    October 28, 2022 Comments (0) Fauna

    Vampire bats are real, but they do not live in the Carpathian mountains near Transylvania, rather they prefer warmer climates of Central and South America.  The three species of Vampire Bat all come from the family of leaf-nosed bats; the common Vampire Bat (Desmodus rotundus), the Hairy Legged (Diphylla

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  • The Top 4 Venomous Spiders in North America

    October 20, 2022 Comments (0) Field Facts

    While most of North America’s 4,000 species of spiders are venomous, only four are considered dangerous. That’s mainly because most spiders’ fangs are too short and fragile to break through human skin.  The four deadliest spiders didn’t become deadly because they had longer or stronger fangs.

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  • The Sassafras Tree

    October 13, 2022 Comments (0) Flora

    The Sassafras tree (Sassafras albidum) is a member of the laurel family. Nicknamed the mitten tree it is often found along hedgerows and open fields, the towering sassafras has been a food source for wildlife and humans alike. The tree’s crushed leaf or broken twig releases the Sassafras’ trademark aroma

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  • Edward Whymper

    September 29, 2022 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Illustrator-turned legendary mountaineer Edward Whymper (1840-1911) is considered one of Britain’s peak-bagging legends during the Golden Era of climbing. In addition to being the first person to summit the Matterhorn, Whymper’s climbing exploits advanced barometric research and revolutionized

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  • The Kit Fox

    September 22, 2022 Comments (0) Fauna

    The kit fox (Vulpes macrotis) is the smallest member of the fox species in North America and one of the dog family’s smallest and rarest members. This cat-sized fox is only found in the southwestern deserts of the United States and northern Mexico. The kit fox looks like the offspring of a miniature coyote and

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  • Kitting Out a Survival Capsule

    September 15, 2022 Comments (2) Field Craft

    Around the age of 19 and just before the Y2K craze, I learned of the website of my friend Doug Ritter. He published “Equipped to Survive”, a non-profit organization dedicated to testing survival gear. On his website, he provided lists of various kits as well as his evaluation of them. This website was and is

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  • 5 Late Season Wildberries

    September 8, 2022 Comments (0) Flora

    One of the many joys of spending time outdoors in the summer is foraging for berries. While the berry picking primetime is early summer, depending on where you live, late summer and early fall can still offer plenty of opportunities for feasting on these tiny wild fruit delicacies.  Here are some of our favorite

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  • 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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