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  • GARY SWANT for The Montana Standard
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I have been writing articles on birds and birding for The Montana Standard since 2011 and have written on many species, birding techniques, and equipment. What I have never written on is the birds of Montana in general.

  • BY REGINA BUSSE
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Whistling wind and an increasingly bright light lulled me from slumber. Gazing up at a synthetic grey ceiling, I wondered what time it was: 4:30 a.m., the average sunrise. Carefully shifting on my 22 inches of inflatable real estate, I looked toward my feet. “Buenos dias,” I crackled. With a grin on his face and glint in his eyes, my tent mate sang out, “Buenos dias mi nina” (Good morning daughter).

  • Alex Bruell alex.bruell@tdn.com
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VANCOUVER — It’s been nearly four decades since the disastrous May 18, 1980, eruption of Mount St. Helens, but scientists at the Cascade Volcano Observatory still have their ears trained to the ground.

  • By ROCKY HOLLAND Special to the Era
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After a very slow start to any photography adventures in 2018, I was hoping things would turn around soon. It seemed the winter like weather would continue until July. April was cold, snowy and damp way into the very last week of the month.

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In the coming weeks, visitors to the state’s coastal bays and beaches can experience one of the world’s oldest migrations — horseshoe crabs emerging to spawn, as they’ve done here for the last 350 million years, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

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Shopping for new plants for a home can be an exciting undertaking. Nurseries and garden centers are often home to dozens of types of plant species that come in various colors, leaf variations and sizes. Such variety can make choosing plants more fun while also making the process of buying plants a bit complicated, especially for novices. Thankfully, plant tags can help consumers make informed decisions.

  • BOB KRUMM For The Gazette
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A number of years ago (20 or so) I was on a flight from Billings to Chicago. At lunch time the stewardesses handed out a hot meal. The entree was lasagna, one of my favorites. This lasagna was especially good, and I relished every bite.

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In what was termed a “major hydrologic change”, the Earth’s wet lands are getting wetter and dry areas are getting drier, a study published this week says.

  • RICK OLIVO rolivo@ashlanddailypress.net
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Ashland area disabled veterans and vets who have been wounded in action will be honored on May 24 with a free fishing day on the waters of Chequamegon Bay.

  • Justin Haag NE Game and Parks
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In the May issue of NEBRASKAland Magazine, you will find a story and photos about one of my favorite places in the Panhandle – an area that might sometimes be overshadowed by its neighbor.

  • By Amy Renfranz
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Most people think that they have to travel to the tropics to find exciting birds. Sure, kiwis, macaws, and birds of paradise are all worthy of admiration. However, we have birds with pizazz right here in the High Country.

  • By SARAH FALLIN sfallin@somdnews.com
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Not only is North Beach's newest landmark helping even further beautify the town, it's also a symbol that government can be effective, according to Bob Carpenter, president of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce.