Mid-winter thaw

 A couple of weeks ago, the residents of Pennsylvania celebrated the time honored tradition of Groundhog Day, where supposedly a groundhog pops out of its den and looks for its shadow.  As the tradition goes, if it sees its shadow, that means, there will be six more weeks of winter,…

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What is this creature?

As a park ranger, people visiting parks look to you as the expert.  Because of this, I frequently get asked about something they’ve seen during their visit — an animal, a bird, a flower.  When I worked at Sequoia National Park, we were constantly getting asked, “What’s the white flower…

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