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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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