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Examining a map of Newfoundland, I noticed some dashed lines curving out over the Atlantic Ocean and paralleling the coast. One of these lines led out from the remote port of Burgeo, on the south coast, and looped along the coastline, stopping at a few tiny and isolated communities. I wanted to experience one of these outports, which are connected to the rest of Newfoundland only by a small ferry, so we made plans to visit the village of Francois in the middle of February.

We were staying in a log hut during a Seattle Mountaineers trip to Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park, one of the dramatic high country huts in the Canadian Rockies, when it snowed one night. The next morning, Karen led an effort to create a snowman that reflected the changing seasons. It had a rain hat and a warm woolen scarf, as well as an evergreen mouth, a traditional carrot nose, and eyes of still-flowering… Read More

Perhaps there was a violent storm raging in the northern Pacific. Perhaps the storm came up suddenly, while the little bird was in flight, starting its migration from Kamchatka to Cambodia. Perhaps the creature became separated from a flock and flew down the Alaska and British Columbia coast instead of the northern Asian coast. Perhaps it was exhausted and a bit desperate. We’ll never know. All we know is that one Red-flanked… Read More

Clark’s Nutcracker and Whitebark Pine have a tight relationship, each depending upon the other, in the Rocky Mountains.

Lake O’Hara may be the most beautiful wild setting in North America, with the stunning turquoise lake surrounded by the snowy high peaks. Canada’s Yoho National Park is simply magnificent!

Natural history details observed in the Lake O’Hara area of Yoho National Park in the Canadian Rockies, including Red Squirrel sex, Fairy Barf lichen, and Map Lichen.

The Elizabeth Parker Hut is located in one of the most beautiful settings in North America: the Lake O’Hara area of Canada’s Yoho National Park. This article describes the experience of staying in the hut.