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26 Sep 2021
Adventures, Viewpoint

Cuckoo Over Owls 

It once roosted in a thicket the size of a two-car garage, amidst wetlands and diked agricultural fields near Stanwood. The brush was so thick, the Long-Eared Owl must have felt unassailable. Long-barreled photographic devices proliferated and trained at it like arms in a cold…

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Gallery, Wildlife

The Long and Short of Owls 

Wintertime visits by Long- and Short-Eared Owls near Stanwood, Wash., as well as a visit by the little Northern Pygmy-Owl near Carnation, Wash. The appearance of the Long-Eareds, who favor shrub-steppe landscape in the eastern part of Washington state, was an infrequent occurrence. The Northern…

Basics

The Additional Essentials 

by Glenn Nelson Everybody, including us, offers a list of the 10 Essentials. No one calls them the Only-10 Essentials. That’s because there are additional, Glad-I-Brought (or Wish-I-Had) Essentials. Study. Bandana (or Wipe Cloth): Because we sweat. We spill. It rains on our glasses. And…

Hikes

On Rating Hikes 

Above: No one said anything about snow on July 31 in Mount Rainier National Park! I am a journalist, so I am accustomed to researching the bejeebers out of everything, including my outdoor experiences. So imagine my surprise when I reached Third Beach in Olympic…

Basics

What’s in My Pack 

by Glenn Nelson I’m a journalist and a gearhead, so all my equipment is heavily researched and curated. Keep in mind that I’m on the trails for the soul-slaking experience, but also to photograph and otherwise record the experience. This is the gear that comes…