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BOOK: Trees & Shrubs of the Pacific Northwest

Portland publisher Timber Press has field guides to Pacific Northwest wildflowers, wildlife, mushrooms, and insects, as well as the wonderful Must-See Birds of the Pacific Northwest. Now they have just published a new book covering trees and shrubs: Mark Turner and … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Secrets of the Apple Tree

I love nature books. We have lots of them in our house, and we check them out often from our library. And while there are many, many titles to choose from, sometimes one comes along that is in itself a … Continue reading

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BOOK: This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World

Marcie Chambers Cuff, This Book Was a Tree: Ideas, Adventures, and Inspiration for Rediscovering the Natural World (New York: Perigee/Penguin, 2014), 208 pp. We live in a spectacular time of unprecedented digital connectivity. Yet never before have we been so … Continue reading

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BOOK: Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest (2nd ed.)

Oregon State University Press recently released a new edition of their guide to sedges: Barbara L. Wilson, et al, Field Guide to the Sedges of the Pacific Northwest, 2nd ed. (Corvallis: Oregon State University Press, 2014), 432 pp. Field Guide … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEWS: Spring nature book titles from Dawn Publications

Dawn Publications (Facebook/Twitter/blog) has three new children’s nature books for the Spring season that are geared toward kids ages 4-10, and I am happy to share a little about each one with you. Like I have mentioned before, this publisher produces … Continue reading

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GUEST POST: Camassia Natural Area in the Spring

Most of us can remember a place from our childhood, maybe out behind the house or in a vacant lot, where we could go to connect with nature. Portland is blessed with many such places, but perhaps none of them … Continue reading

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BOOK: The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition

David Allen Sibley, The Sibley Guide to Birds, Second Edition (New York: Knopf, 2014), 624 pp. The publication of The Sibley Guide to Birds in 2000 quickly established David Allen Sibley as the author and illustrator of the nation’s supreme and … Continue reading

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BOOK: S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet

Hannah Viano, S is for Salmon: A Pacific Northwest Alphabet (Seattle, WA: Little Bigfoot/Sasquatch Books, 2014), 32 pp. The flora, fauna, and essence of the Pacific Northwest is beautifully captured in this artistic alphabet book by papercut artist Hannah Viano. … Continue reading

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BOOK: Fiddleheads to Fir Trees: Leaves in All Seasons

Fiddleheads to Fir Trees: Leaves in all Seasons, by Joanne Linden and illustrated by Lauri Caple (Missoula, MT: Mountain Press, 2013, 32 pages), is an inviting introduction to the role that leaves play in plants’ lives throughout the year. Through … Continue reading

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BOOK: Leave No Child Inside: A Selection of Essays from Orion Magazine

Newly published: Leave No Child Inside: A Selection of Essays from Orion Magazine (Great Barrington, MA: Orion, 2013), 139 pages. “If we were to create communities and schools that educate children and youth to love the earth, know their place … Continue reading

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