Timely news, art, ideas and science from the natural world of Northern California.

pinned beetles

How to See Insects

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Fascinating creatures, miniature works of art, critical links in the web of life — bugs are so much more than pests.

Antelope Valley wildflowers

How to Meet a Flower

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Looking to learn more about wildflowers this spring? Consider introducing yourself first, José González writes.

chimney rock trail

How to Become a Curious Pilgrim in Nature

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Walking attentively in a natural landscape appears to be trending now as a form of pilgrimage, folded into the inquiry called spiritual ecology. I’ve become quite curious about the particulars of this practice, so I’ve set out to learn about … Read more