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Random Plant: Canaigre dock

Canaigre dock (Rumex hymenosepalus, Polygonaceae) is a rather unique plant that is native to the southwest United States and northern Mexico. This member of the buckwheat family can be found growing in sandy soil at lower elevations, and is well-adapted to the dry climate. … Continue reading

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White-tailed prairie dog

Although the black-tailed prairie dogs (Rodentia: Scuiridae: Cynomys ludovicianus) of the Great Plains are the most common, most widespread, and best-known prairie dogs, there are four additional species that can also be found in North America. Among them are the white-tailed prairie dogs (Rodentia: Scuiridae: … Continue reading

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Stuff I’m Reading: “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey (3)

“A man could be a lover and defender of the wilderness without ever in his lifetime leaving the boundaries of asphalt, powerlines, and right-angled surfaces. We need wilderness whether or not we ever set foot in it. We need a … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Pale evening primrose

Pale evening primrose (Oenothera pallida, Onagraceae) is an eye-catching native of the North American west. Found growing in arid regions from British Columbia through Texas, it’s often seen in desert shrublands and pinyon-juniper woodlands. This primrose features thick reddish stems and long, … Continue reading

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Black-throated Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrows (Passeriformes: Emberizidae: Amphispiza bilineata) are relatively easy to identify thanks to their bold facial markings and, unsurprisingly, black throats. These small birds inhabit desert scrublands of the western US and Mexico. They have a high tolerance for heat and can go … Continue reading

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Stuff I’m Reading: “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey (2)

(A Man from Cleveland):  “If you had more water (in southeast Utah) more people could live here.” (Edward Abbey):  “Yes sir. And where then would people go when they wanted to see something besides people?” –Edward Abbey, “Desert Solitaire“

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Random Plant: Canyonlands biscuitroot

Canyonlands biscuitroot (Lomatium latilobum, Apiaceae) is limited to isolated areas of southeast Utah and extreme west-central Colorado. This perennial grows only in crevices and slot canyons with loose sandy soil formed from weathered Entrada and Navajo sandstone. It inhabits desert shrublands and pinyon-juniper … Continue reading

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Stuff I’m Reading: “Desert Solitaire” by Edward Abbey

After spending a few seasons as a National Park Service ranger at Arches National Monument (now Arches National Park), Edward Abbey reflected on his tenure. Although written in 1968, I find these words still hold true: “Industrial Tourism is a threat to … Continue reading

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Arches National Park Revisited

Protecting over 2,000 rock arches and other natural features, Arches National Park preserves one of the most unique locations in the United States. A vast array of intricate red rock formations, deep green plants, blue skies, and distant snow-capped peaks compose colorful landscapes that are as … Continue reading

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Mountain Bluebird

While traveling across southern Utah last week my wife and I kept seeing momentary flickers of blue from some unknown bird. On our final day at Arches National Park we finally got a clear view of one of them. An … Continue reading

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Arches National Park

Work has kept me from getting outside much lately, so I thought I’d take some time to talk about a past trip.  I’m heading to Utah this summer so I was looking back at photos from a geology field trip … Continue reading

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