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6:00 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Natural World: Chanterelles

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Recent Rains have created perfect conditions for mushroom gathering.  The forests of the Coast Range and Cascades are yielding an abundance of fungi.  The rainforest near Cougar Reservoir is a pleasant place to hunt.

This Natural World originally aired in October 2013.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu October 9, 2014

Natural World: Orcas Island

Orcas Island
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Seasonal change can be abrupt in the Pacific Northwest.  Without much warning a beautiful sunny day can be followed by a violent storm.  The San Juan Islands have, over time, been connected and isolated from the mainland.  This creates a unique, dynamic environment.

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5:00 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Natural World: Snag Boat Bend

This summer was the warmest on record.  Life has retreated toward water.  This week world leaders are meeting to address Human caused climate change.

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5:29 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Natural World: Rock Creek Wilderness

Rock Creek Wilderness is one of three small virgin coastal rainforest areas preserved by the Wilderness Act of 1984 on the Central Oregon Coast.  This meeting of land and sea is dramatic and inspiring.

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5:36 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Natural World: Alsea Falls Trail

The Alsea River and its tributaries are one of the last free-flowing watersheds in Oregon.  This Coast Range hike offers a cool escape from the searing heat of summer.

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6:41 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Natural World: Mary's Peak

The summit of Mary's Peak is an island refuge of a retreating Ice Age.  The sub-alpine plant communities found here are unique in the Coast Range.

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7:56 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Natural World: Berggren Watershed Conservation Area

Nearly all of the meandering back channels in the Willamette Basin have been drained and filled to create more agricultural land.  Unfortunately, this vanishing habitat is critical for the survival of a number of indigenous species.

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6:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Natural World: Great Snakes!

Early summer can be blustery in the Pacific Northwest.  Our native snakes have emerged from hibernation and are out hunting for a meal.  These cold-blooded animals often need to bask in the sun to bring their bodies up to a temperature that allows them to function efficiently.

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6:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Natural World: Horse Rock Ridge

Horse Rock Ridge sits at the bald summit of the Coburg Hills.  This time of year the wildflower show is spectacular.

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6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Natural World: Cosumnes River Preserve

The Cosumnes River is the only remaining large undammed river flowing into California's Great Central Valley.  The Nature Conservancy, along with other conservation and government groups have preserved 46,000 acres near the river's confluence with the Mokolumne River, south of Sacramento. 

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