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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Hungry Bumblebee

A bumblebee searches for nectar on a purple vetch flower growing along a roadside near Roseburg in western Oregon on Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Bordered plant bugs

A pair of copulating bordered plant bugs cross the yellow line of a country road near Elkton in western Oregon on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Thursday, May 17, 2018


Baby starlings beg for food from their nest inside a small cavity in a crabapple tree on a farm near Elkton, Ore., on Thursday, May 17, 2018.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Trump on a stump

A chainsaw art sculpture of President Donald Trump is displayed on a sidewalk along Fir Ave., in the small logging and fishing town of Reedsport in coastal southwestern Ore., on Monday, May 14, 2018. Reedsport is home to an annual chainsaw art carving contest. Trump took 66 percent of the vote in Douglas County where Reedsport is located.

A slightly smaller sculpture of the president is displayed a few blocks away in front of a carving studio.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Fancy flight

A nest of wild turkey eggs.
A female wild turkey takes flight from her nest at the base of a hazelnut tree in an orchard on our farm near Elkton in western Oregon on Saturday, May 12, 2018.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Western tanager

It's a colorful male western tanager in a thicket near our home in western Oregon on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. According to the super cool Cornell Lab of Ornithology, while most red birds owe their redness to a variety of plant pigments known as carotenoids, the Western Tanager gets its scarlet head feathers from a rare pigment called rhodoxanthin. Unable to make this substance in their own bodies, Western Tanagers probably obtain it from insects in their diet.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Fighting for traditions in Unalakleet, Alaska

Last month I and a team from Our Children's Trust visited teenage climate change plaintiff Summer in her village of Unalakleet, Alaska on the Norton Sound of the Bering Sea in northwest Alaska. Summer is a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed by 16 youth against the state of Alaska. Learn more about Summer's ground breaking lawsuit here.

Summer comes from a line of strong women. Summer's mom is a commercial fisherman and Summer's aunt Rhoda, left, is teaching Summer to subsistence hunt in the forests, and on the tundra of northwest Alaska. 

Summer is an accomplished athlete. Below she practices the One Armed Reach in her high school gym before competing in the Native Youth Olympics last month in Anchorage.

Gathering wild blueberries and salmon berries on the tundra is a tradition in Summer's family.

Summer sits with co-plaintiff Esau at the attorney table during a hearing on her case in Anchorage last month.
Summer is a plaintiff in an important climate change lawsuit, but she's also a fun loving teenager.