Talking up climbing a Cascade volcano

Naomi Painter Hoffman, of Beaverton, Ore., pauses a few dozen yards from the summit of Mount Hood in Oregon to catch her breath during a successful climb of the famous Cascade volcano in 2011. (Jerry Painter photo)

One of the positive things that came out of attending my father’s funeral last weekend was the gathering of family, many of whom I haven’t seen in years.

Jackson Hole sage grouse show decline

FILE - This April 10, 2014, file photo, shows a male sage grouse trying to impress a group of hens, at left, near the base of the Rattlesnake Range in southwest Natrona County, Wyo. A 19-page report by the U.S. Forest Service made public in early May 2018, involved nearly 6,000 sage grouse and maps some 1,200 mating sites in 10 western states and the Canadian province of Saskatchewan. (Alan Rogers/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) — The sage grouse population in northwest Wyoming’s Jackson Hole region has declined significantly this year.

The laws of nature are meant to be broken

A male (front) and female Wilson’s Phalarope in breeding plumage at Camas Prairie Wildlife Management Area near Fairfield. Terry Thomas / news@postregister.com

We stared long and hard at the bird in our binoculars at Camas Prairie Wildlife Management Area near Fairfield. It was definitely a shorebird — quick movements, longish pointed black bill, long legs, but with rather plain markings.

ISU researchers explore salmonflies’ benefits, ecology

McKenna Adams maneuvers her kayak on the Henry’s Fork near the mouth of the Warm River.

Idaho State University researchers, including local master’s students Adam Eckersell and McKenna Adams, are studying salmonflies on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River and Middle Fork of the Salmon River drainages, exploring everything from the insect’s social impact on humans to their importance for providing pigmentation that can color the feathers of songbirds that feed on them.

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