Little Monsters

(October 20, 2016) Black Widows I spend a lot of my outdoor time looking for and at bugs. Especially ones that are dramatic looking or interesting to photograph, so when I noted a...

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Candelabra Trees

(October 13, 2016) Ten miles south of the Humboldt County line, the insanely steep cliffs of the coastal range mellow into Shady Dell, a half-mile-wide oasis set back from Usal Beach. Unless you're...

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Keeping it Simple

Effort-to-reward ratios in the garden

(October 13, 2016) Low maintenance, low maintenance, low maintenance. This seems to be the mantra of gardeners today. And given our fast-paced lives, it's not surprising. Low maintenance can and should be designed...

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Language: Innate or Invented?

(September 29, 2016) Is language innate to humans? Are we born "pre-wired" to spontaneously speak whichever language we hear in the first months of our lives? That is, are our brains equipped —...

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If You Guild It, They Will Come

How to grow a food forest

(September 22, 2016) In a forest, the plants collaborate. They take turns blooming, share space, distribute different nutrients and succeed each other over generations. In our home gardens, we can create diverse, low-maintenance...

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Black Light Party

(September 22, 2016) Like Moths to a Black Light Last week I set up a light trap in my backyard with only limited success. Then I tried it with black compact fluorescent...

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The Cooking Ape, Part 2

(September 15, 2016) Last week, I discussed how cooking morphed us from ape to human by increasing the amount of energy we obtain from food, according to anthropologist and primatologist Richard Wrangham. Before...

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The Cooking Ape, Part 1

(September 8, 2016) Ape. That's what you'd have thought if you met one of our ancestors two million years ago: short stature, low brow, massive jaw and mouth housing huge teeth, small brain,...

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Digging Deep

Adding a personal dimension to your garden

(September 8, 2016) How do we experience a garden? Probably the first thing we notice is the visual aspect — the colors, textures and overall design that appeal to us. We may also...

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Adrenaline on Wheels

Burning rubber at the Samoa Drag Strip

(September 1, 2016) My hands squeeze tight on the wheel. Other parts of my anatomy are following suit. Tunnel vision has limited my focus to a half-mile strip of blackened concrete running...

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Small is Beautiful

Big yields from little gardens

(August 25, 2016) There are plenty of good reasons to develop a skill set for growing food in small spaces. Maybe you only have a tiny balcony with sun for half the day?...

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in our blogs...

From Pulp Mill Ashes, Redwood Marine Terminal II Rises

(October 18, 2016) The buildings stand mostly empty and the work is far from done, but mood inside the Redwood Marine Terminal II last Friday was jubilant nonetheless. At long last, the Humboldt...

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Flooding Possible With High Tides and Storm Surge

(October 17, 2016) The worst of the storm that hit Humboldt County with a one-two punch is over but there is a chance of coastal flooding in low-lying areas of King Salmon and...

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HumBug: Seasons Change

(October 9, 2016) Seasons change, and with them the insects we see. Headed toward winter now, there are fewer dragonflies. It seems the big common green darners are all gone now, migrated...

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