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Malheur: Seeking Balance

By Julie Burchstead Cover: Avocets and Yellow-headed Blackbird in Marshall Pond by Julie Burchstead As a girl, growing up in NW Oregon, curious about all things nature, and appreciative...

Cheatgrass

Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo by Jennifer Strickland/USFWS Cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) got its start on American soil in the 1890s, transported from its native Eurasia in grain shipments across the...

Playas of the Interior West

Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo of Lake Abert by Pavlina Slezak The Spanish word playa means “beach”, “shore”, or “seacoast”. Somehow, in the arid West, the word has come to...

Snowy Plovers at Malheur Refuge

Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo of snowy plover and chick at Harney Lake by Dan Streiffert The sparrow-sized snowy plover is North America’s smallest plover species and one of the...

Species Spotlight: Evening Grosbeak

Written by Peter Pearsall/Photo by Barbara Wheeler The evening grosbeak is a large, colorful finch of northern conifer forests. Often found in large, chirping flocks, they feed primarily on...

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