Northern Rockies and Pacific Regional Center

Harvesting nettles

Foraging in a Changing Climate

As spring passes and summer approaches, my mind always turns to harvesting on the land with my plant people community. Right now, it’s almost time to harvest my favorite treat … Read more

Columbia River

Last Summer’s Heat Dome Effects Were Frightening–and They Aren’t Over

During the summer of 2021 millions of people in the Northwest were trapped in their homes, desperately seeking cool temperatures in the absence of air conditioning. As many of us … Read more

Little Larry Swims: Whoop Whoop! Living the Anadromous Life

Bada Boom! The big blue ocean! I made it to the Pacific and this is my home for the next 2 to 3 years. The last stretch of my epic … Read more

graphic: Did you know that dams turn a river into a big hot tub?

Little Larry Swims: Some Like it Hot! Salmon Like it Cold.

Few people like the idea of a cold shower. Not me.  Cold water is the best!! Why? Because I’m a coldwater fish. In the spring, I’m swimming through snowmelt, and … Read more

Graphic: Little Larry the salmon in river

Little Larry Swims: Salmon in the Trees?

Let’s talk about the food chain! We’re all a part of it. When you are a salmon, you are a big part of it. 130 different plant and animal species … Read more

Graphic: Little Larry swimming to Pacific Ocean

Little Larry Swims: High Tailin’ Salmon

Ever hear the saying: “The odds are good, but the goods are odd?”   In my case, and for all the salmon runs in these parts, the opposite is true. The … Read more

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Little Larry Swims: Every Salmon Has Superpowers

Hello! My Latin name is Oncorhynchus nerka, but you can call me Little Larry… It’s early spring, and I’m swimming through the melted snow water of Redfish Lake in the … Read more

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Little Larry Swims: A Small Salmon on a Big Journey

The story begins with a fishy romance gone wrong… Hello from Redfish Lake in the Sawtooth Wilderness in central Idaho—home to untamed nature and funny fish stories! Ever heard of … Read more

eagle in flight

Garnering Successes, Gardening for Wildlife: A Camano Island Volunteer with a Passion for Conservation

When Val Schroeder wakes up at her beachside home on Camano Island, in Western Washington, she has plenty to look forward to. She can walk the shoreline and view Whidbey … Read more

Kokanee Salmon.

FLATHEAD LAKE: THE STORY OF A FISH, A SHRIMP, AND A BAD CASE OF HUBRIS

It’s the mid-1900s in northwestern Montana. McDonald Creek runs bright red with kokanee salmon swimming upstream to spawning grounds. They carry the future of their population on their red backs … Read more