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Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game, in a misguided attempt to save a few bucks, has decided to close the camp on Round Island after this year. The campsites will be abandoned, and tourism to Togiak and Round Island will become a distant memory.

The endearing thing about sea turtles is their grace. Most of us humans are water nerds, graceless and gangly and splashing. In contrast, the sea turtle moves with the cadence of time itself. The swimming is slow and graceful, as if it got extra points for style and poetry of motion.

The National Park Service leads a controversial effort to eliminate rats and pigs from the Channel Islands, restoring distinctive native species such as the Island Fox.

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