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North Cascades National Park

North Cascades National Park is only three hours northeast of Seattle, but its remote location makes one of America’s least-visited national parks. Established in 1968, this federally-protected area encompasses 789 square miles (2044 square km) of mountain wilderness in the Cascade Range of … Continue reading

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Plant-Insect Interaction: Flower crab spider on a common tansy

Of the approximately 130 species of crab spiders (Araneae: Thomisidae) found in North America, only about 20 are known to regularly inhabit flowers. These ambush predators wait patiently for pollinating insects to move close and then grab them with their long front legs. … Continue reading

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Steller’s Jay

Year-round residents of much of the mountainous west, Steller’s Jays (Passeriformes: Corvidae: Cyanocitta stelleri) are usually found in and around coniferous forests. Mating pairs build nests made from sticks, mud, moss, and leaves high in evergreen trees where they typically raise two … Continue reading

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