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   The Beetle, the Bird and the Tamarisk Tree    Discover--March 2018   Beetles brought to the U.S. to control a tree introduced more than a century ago are munching their way through Western waterways just like they were meant to. But that's a potential problem for an endangered songbird. Like most environmental stories, this gets complicated.

The Beetle, the Bird and the Tamarisk Tree
Discover--March 2018

Beetles brought to the U.S. to control a tree introduced more than a century ago are munching their way through Western waterways just like they were meant to. But that's a potential problem for an endangered songbird. Like most environmental stories, this gets complicated.

   The Desert's Living Skin    Discover--July/Aug 2017   Communities of tiny plants and organisms protect arid landscapes. Now their survival is threatened.

The Desert's Living Skin
Discover--July/Aug 2017

Communities of tiny plants and organisms protect arid landscapes. Now their survival is threatened.

   Southwest's Threatened Aspens    Dorado--February 2017   In the mountains of the West, the world’s largest and possibly longest-living organisms have thrived for thousands of years. These ancient groves of quaking aspens may also be dying.

Southwest's Threatened Aspens
Dorado--February 2017

In the mountains of the West, the world’s largest and possibly longest-living organisms have thrived for thousands of years. These ancient groves of quaking aspens may also be dying.

   The Peace of the Peaks    Dorado--Nov/Dec, 2016   The Tenth Mountain Division Huts in central Colorado have offered my group of friends an annual adventure and quiet get-away, a place to heal and to nurture ever deepening relationships. 

The Peace of the Peaks
Dorado--Nov/Dec, 2016

The Tenth Mountain Division Huts in central Colorado have offered my group of friends an annual adventure and quiet get-away, a place to heal and to nurture ever deepening relationships. 

   Restoring Arid Lands    Sierra--March 28, 2016   Biological soil crusts, or "biocrusts," act like the desert's living skin. When damaged, they can take decades to recover, but advances in greenhouse-grown crusts may help speed up that process. 

Restoring Arid Lands
Sierra--March 28, 2016

Biological soil crusts, or "biocrusts," act like the desert's living skin. When damaged, they can take decades to recover, but advances in greenhouse-grown crusts may help speed up that process. 

   Modern Wild Edibles    Edible Santa Fe--August 1, 2015   Rob Connoley, co-owner and chef at Silver City's Curious Kumquat, begins each work day with a trip to the foothills of the Gila Mountains to forage wild edibles.

Modern Wild Edibles
Edible Santa Fe--August 1, 2015

Rob Connoley, co-owner and chef at Silver City's Curious Kumquat, begins each work day with a trip to the foothills of the Gila Mountains to forage wild edibles.

   New Nature Center    New Mexico Kids!--July/Aug 2015   Los Alamos' celebrated new nature center engages guests of all ages with interactive exhibits that explore the geology, ecology and climate of the Pajarito-area mountains and canyons.

New Nature Center
New Mexico Kids!--July/Aug 2015

Los Alamos' celebrated new nature center engages guests of all ages with interactive exhibits that explore the geology, ecology and climate of the Pajarito-area mountains and canyons.

   The Land of Pecans and Chiles    Edible Santa Fe--April 1, 2015   Agriculture is abundant in southwestern New Mexico, with chile fields and pecan groves mapping neat overlays on the landscape, but local produce is still hard to find on restaurant menus.

The Land of Pecans and Chiles
Edible Santa Fe--April 1, 2015

Agriculture is abundant in southwestern New Mexico, with chile fields and pecan groves mapping neat overlays on the landscape, but local produce is still hard to find on restaurant menus.

   Georgia O'Keeffe's Garden, Revisited    Edible Santa Fe--April 1, 2015   Since 1986, Georgia O'Keeffe's garden in Abiquiu has remained fallow, but in 2014, high school interns from the local community helped to revive the rich soil which has nourished people for centuries.

Georgia O'Keeffe's Garden, Revisited
Edible Santa Fe--April 1, 2015

Since 1986, Georgia O'Keeffe's garden in Abiquiu has remained fallow, but in 2014, high school interns from the local community helped to revive the rich soil which has nourished people for centuries.

   H  oneybees: Keep on Survivin'    Modern Farmer--Dec. 26, 2014   During the past decade, honeybee populations plummeted with Colony Collapse Disorder. Honeybee breeders are looking to hardy, naturally pest-resistant "survivor" bees as a way forward. 

Honeybees: Keep on Survivin'
Modern Farmer--Dec. 26, 2014

During the past decade, honeybee populations plummeted with Colony Collapse Disorder. Honeybee breeders are looking to hardy, naturally pest-resistant "survivor" bees as a way forward. 

   Watershed Disciples    The Christian Century--Oct. 15, 2014   American Christians are 5-10 years behind the curve on thinking about environmental concerns, say theologians Ched Myers and Elaine Enns. The pair is working to change that through a framework they call Watershed Discipleship.

Watershed Disciples
The Christian Century--Oct. 15, 2014

American Christians are 5-10 years behind the curve on thinking about environmental concerns, say theologians Ched Myers and Elaine Enns. The pair is working to change that through a framework they call Watershed Discipleship.

   Food and Fracking in Mora County    Edible Santa Fe--August 2014   Mora County, New Mexico looks to locally grown economic alternatives following a county-wide ban on gas and oil drilling.

Food and Fracking in Mora County
Edible Santa Fe--August 2014

Mora County, New Mexico looks to locally grown economic alternatives following a county-wide ban on gas and oil drilling.

   National Park Divers    High Country News--July 2, 2014   The National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center dives to preserve some of the country's most fascinating underwater archeological and natural history.   Imag  e courtesy of the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center.

National Park Divers
High Country News--July 2, 2014

The National Park Service's Submerged Resources Center dives to preserve some of the country's most fascinating underwater archeological and natural history.

Image courtesy of the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center.

   The Fignificent Fig Man    High Country News--Jan. 3, 2014   With 89 fig varieties, plus grapes, pomegranates, and walnuts, growing in his back yard, Lloyd Kreitzer is New Mexico's Fig Man.   Photo  Bowl of figs  by Clemens v. Vogelsang  CC BY 2.0

The Fignificent Fig Man
High Country News--Jan. 3, 2014

With 89 fig varieties, plus grapes, pomegranates, and walnuts, growing in his back yard, Lloyd Kreitzer is New Mexico's Fig Man.

Photo Bowl of figs by Clemens v. Vogelsang CC BY 2.0

   Prairie Dog Plague Vaccine    High Country News--Dec. 16, 2013   Plague threatens western Prairie dog and endangered black-footed ferret  populations. Researchers hope a new plague vaccine could help conservation efforts.

Prairie Dog Plague Vaccine
High Country News--Dec. 16, 2013

Plague threatens western Prairie dog and endangered black-footed ferret  populations. Researchers hope a new plague vaccine could help conservation efforts.

   Colorado's Black-footed Ferret Reintroduction    |   High Country News--Nov. 20, 2013   In the fall of 2013, the first black-footed ferrets were reintroduced on private land in Colorado, opening new possibilities for this endangered species' recovery.   Photo  Jumping Black-footed Ferret  by USFWS Mountain-Prairie ,   CC BY 2.0

Colorado's Black-footed Ferret Reintroduction High Country News--Nov. 20, 2013

In the fall of 2013, the first black-footed ferrets were reintroduced on private land in Colorado, opening new possibilities for this endangered species' recovery.

Photo Jumping Black-footed Ferret by USFWS Mountain-PrairieCC BY 2.0

   The Long Journey of the Gila Trout    High Country News--Oct. 29, 2013   Dwindling populations of Gila trout living in small mountain streams in southern New Mexico rely on human intervention to survive.   Image courtesy New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

The Long Journey of the Gila Trout
High Country News--Oct. 29, 2013

Dwindling populations of Gila trout living in small mountain streams in southern New Mexico rely on human intervention to survive.

Image courtesy New Mexico Department of Game and Fish.

   Snake Hunting in the Gila    BioScape Magazine--Winter 2013   Biologists from the ABQ BioPark traveled to southwestern New Mexico in search of garter snake last seen 20-years before.

Snake Hunting in the Gila
BioScape Magazine--Winter 2013

Biologists from the ABQ BioPark traveled to southwestern New Mexico in search of garter snake last seen 20-years before.

   Banff Highway Animal Overpasses    High Country News--Aug. 11, 2013   Banff National Park has several bridges and culverts to wildlife cross highways. A new study shows the overpasses are helping maintain genetic diversity in the park's bears.   Photo  Wildlife crossing 4  by Adam Fagan,  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Banff Highway Animal Overpasses
High Country News--Aug. 11, 2013

Banff National Park has several bridges and culverts to wildlife cross highways. A new study shows the overpasses are helping maintain genetic diversity in the park's bears.

Photo Wildlife crossing 4 by Adam Fagan, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0