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Stalking an aggregation of tiny holes

Nothing piques my curiosity like an aggregation of tiny holes, neat little excavations in nondescript ground. Who lives down there? How deep? What do they eat? Why did they choose this place? Earlier this summer, while walking the dog in the forest, we stumbled across a small aggregation in the center of a sun-drenched logging […] Read more

It’s time to monitor bumble bees

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation recently partnered with several state organizations to create the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas, a citizen science project to monitor bumble bee populations. I was fortunate to participate in a recent training in Wenatchee, Washington where I learned about bumble bee biology, identification, and survey techniques. Graduates of the […] Read more