The Jumping Slugs of the Pacific Northwest

The Jumping Slugs of the Pacific Northwest

The new species of jumping slug was found in the same area and habitat as TNC’s Ball Creek Ranch Preserve, Idaho.

Star Bright: What Are Dark Sky Reserves?

Star Bright: What Are Dark Sky Reserves?

For Leonard, I was lucky enough to be looking up at the right time while also in the right place, the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve.Dark Sky Sanctuaries are not sizeable like Reserves, but they are still significant.It’s also a Dark Sky Sanctuary.

Moose in the Morning: 20 Years of Silver Creek

Moose in the Morning: 20 Years of Silver Creek

It’s a mid-August morning, and I’m at The Nature Conservancy’s Silver Creek Preserve in southcentral Idaho, one of my favorite places.It’s trout and moose and mayflies and running water.

Raptor Rescue: When Bird Injuries Warrant Rehab

Raptor Rescue: When Bird Injuries Warrant Rehab

“It can be a shot in the dark, but we let the center know what the injury is and they tell us if it’s worth transporting,” says Gerren Steel, Idaho Department of Fish and Game volunteer service coordinator.

The Real Batmobile: A Citizen Scientist’s Night Drive

The Real Batmobile: A Citizen Scientist’s Night Drive

“I don’t mind the late nights so much,” says Brenda Pace, East Idaho Bat Survey volunteer coordinator.Our counts run high by the river, with 42 bats signals recorded in one night.

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing. Photo © Dan Streiffert /Flickr Mateo started studying ground squirrels in 2002. While the ground squirrels I’m watching in Idaho don’t show family favor, they still recognize relatives even after hibernating for nine months.

No Caribou for Christmas: A Disappearing Herd Now Down To One

No Caribou for Christmas: A Disappearing Herd Now Down To One

“It’s disappointing to be honest,” says Norm Merz, South Selkirk Caribou Management Plan coordinator and Kootenai Tribe of Idaho wildlife biologist. More time than caribou have, but there is a plan for the South Selkirk herd.