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The Nature of Our Planet Earth

Jim Anderson shares some of his favorite photos from his years as a naturalist, educator and all-around critter-loving life
In this week's Natural World, columnist Jim Anderson shares some of his favorite photos from his years as a naturalist, educator and all-around critter-loving life.

A Thorny Devil Kind of Guy

Remembering Brad Smith of Paulina Springs Books
Brad Smith of Paulina Springs Books went out among the stars on May 20 of this year.

Butterflies, Butterflies and More Butterflies

You've seen them on the front of your car this week. Here's what they are
Yes, good people, those are butterflies you see smashing into the front of your car as you drive over the highway from Sisters to Redmond or Bend, and especially in the Cascade foothills.

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The beetle with headlights
It was a young and eager naturalist in Sierra Vista, Ariz., Leonard Taylor, who brought this bioluminescent click beetle into my life, on a night I'll never forget.

The Robber Fly

An experience of a lifetime!
Please forgive me for being redundant, but the magnificent specimen pictured here came right to me and landed on my hand!

Wildlife and Diseases

Following a local death due to Hantavirus, a primer on how to handle rodents in or near your home
"Never let a mouse live in your house; they will steal the breath of your children."

The World of Lizards

And how grandkids can bring some spirit to your backyard
If you want to know (and would like to see up close) what kind of wildlife you have on your place—either in town or out in the country—just turn your grandkids loose and they'll find it/them.

The Lighter Side of Banding Eagles

When monitoring wildlife, the "call of nature" is just part of the game
Just having turned 90, it occurs to me that I've been working with golden eagles over 60-plus, years and it continues to be an adventure.

An uptick in tick-borne illness

Got a tick? Here's what to do—and how to know whether it's the Lyme disease-carrying kind
Stories about Central Oregon tick encounters are popping up all over social media.

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Bring On the Butterflies
I am one of those fortunate people who married into butterflies.

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