A New Day for Grasslands Conservation

The early golden hour bathed the landscape in a peachy hue as the setters and I stood by the truck. It was somewhere around day number 200 that I had set foot on the grasslands between Waitsburg, WA and Minnesota since 2011. This day, we would embark on the Sheyenne National Grasslands in North Dakota. Sharp-tailed grouse were beginning to stir Somewhere in the expanse before us.

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Snowshoe Hare Extirpation Shifts Predation to Porcupines

The snowshoe hare is a widespread North American hare species that inhabits northern boreal and upper montane forests. Their “snowshoe” namesake come from having very large hind feet that have adapted to prevent them from sinking into the deep snow of their preferred habitats. Snowshoe hares rely on dense shrub understory for food and cover, and they serve as a keystone prey item for Canada lynx.

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Federal Agencies are Planning for the Infrastructure Bill

In August 2021, the House of Representatives passed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), also known as the “Infrastructure Bill”. While the $1.2 trillion dollar bill is geared toward improving roads, bridges, airports and ports, broadband internet, and water and energy systems across the nation, it also contains around $20 billion aimed at natural resources management, enhancement, education, and protection.

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Harvesting Nature Magazine is Live!

inaugural issue of our electronic and print-on-demand magazine! We want to celebrate spring with delicious wild recipes and awesome adventure stories. This issue covers bird hunting, fly fishing, American shad, pheasant pasta, Florida turkey hunting, spring bear basics, foraging tips, and so much more!

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One Month Left for Comment on FERC’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Removal of the Lower Klamath Dams

It seems like fish and fisherman have taken a back seat to other interests for far too long but recently this group scored a major victory in the Klamath River Dam Removal project. Despite over a century of anthropogenic impacts including timber harvest, dams, and water development, the Klamath River still maintains an interesting array of fisheries along with copious opportunities to pursue them. However, with the removal of the dams the hope is that this river will be super charged with fish and the fishing community is eagerly paying attention.

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Cases of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 on the Rise

It seems these days there are so many things jockeying for our attention, the increasing prevalence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), the global pandemic, and now the invasion of Ukraine. With such large and looming happenings in the forefront, the rapid spread of Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHDV2) affecting wild populations has mostly flown under the radar, but in December of 2021, there was a new detection of RHDV2 in a wild jackrabbit in California, in San Benito County, the first since August (CDFA 2021).

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Western Monarch Butterflies See an Inspiring Rebound

In April 2021, I wrote a piece for Harvesting Nature on what appeared to be the imminent extinction of the western Monarch butterfly population. Only about 2,000 butterflies arrived on their southern California winter range in 2020 where approximately five million once clouded the skies and trees. When a population sees decline of this magnitude, coming back from the brink is rare, particularly in one breeding season, but it seems there is more to the story on the western monarch butterfly.

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