On a warm, sunny summer day, the Starvation Alley area of Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula is more bucolic than the name suggests. The moniker dates back to the Depression era, when day laborers from nearby oyster and cranberry farms built a shantytown along the peninsula’s interior. Today, the region’s rich cranberry farming tradition endures amidst…Read More
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Gaylen Beatty, Backyard Habitat Certification Program manager for Columbia Land Trust, and Cindy Ellison of Friends of Tryon Creek were conducting a local site visit earlier this fall when they came across an attractive but unusual flower. A closer look at the plant’s bright orange, showy flowers confirmed their suspicions: they’d found orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum),…Read More
It’s easy to walk over, past, and under lichens without ever noticing them. But in detail, these complex organisms reveal intricate textures of varying hues and sizes. Lichens are comprised of fungi and photosynthetic green or blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, and are found from the poles to the tropics. They line Earth’s forests,…Read More