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ePostcards – Intro

ePostcards – Intro

Greetings, I launched our Cloud Ridge ePostcard Blog in late March of 2020, as the unfolding tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic encircled the globe in a shroud of sadness. With the help of our skilled webmaster, Clyde Lovett, I wanted to provide a respite from the daily...

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ePostcard #159: Beringia Revealed

ePostcard #159: Beringia Revealed

Artist Credit: Courtesy of the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre and paleoartist George Teichmann (Yukon and Czechoslovakia iceagebeasts.com). Born in Czechoslovakia and trained at the People's School of Art in Bohemia, George Teichmann began drawing ice age beasts...

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ePostcard #158: Voices Across the Tundra

ePostcard #158: Voices Across the Tundra

Photo Credits: All color photographs in this ePostcard are by Audrey DeLella Benedict (unless otherwise noted) and are from a 2009 Cloud Ridge Naturalists trip to the Russian Arctic and Wrangel Island with Heritage Expeditions. The archival black and white photographs...

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ePostcard #157: A Naturalist’s Bookshelf

ePostcard #157: A Naturalist’s Bookshelf

Archival Photo Credit: Self-Portrait of Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). Created: circa 1889 date QS:P571,+1889-00-00T00:00:00Z/9,P1480,Q5727902 to 1899 (Public Domain (File:ECurtis.jpg). Published in The American Magazine, December 1910; The Seattle Star. November 2,...

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ePostcard #156: Raven-Walking

ePostcard #156: Raven-Walking

Photo Credits: Haida artist Bill Reid’s cedar sculpture, The Raven and the First Men, shows Raven releasing humans from a cockle shell. The image is courtesy of photographer Kimon Berlin (CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via...

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ePostcard #155: A Voyage to Haida Gwaii

ePostcard #155: A Voyage to Haida Gwaii

Note of Acknowledgment: Cloud Ridge’s May 2022 voyage to Haida Gwaii—the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Haida people—enriched our understanding of the uniqueness of Haida Gwaii and the Haida culture. Visitors to the archipelago are asked to sign...

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ePostcard #154: A Naturalist’s Bookshelf

ePostcard #154: A Naturalist’s Bookshelf

Illustration Credit: Courtesy of the Human Origins Program, and adapted from the United States Geological Survey and Visible Earth, NASA. This wonderful ammonite-like representation shows the geological time scale, with the Anthropocene Epoch (starting time before...

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ePostcard #153: Extinction Matters

ePostcard #153: Extinction Matters

Illustration Credit: Woolly Mammoth painting courtesy of artist Mauricio Anton and Ecology Letters. DOI: 10.1111/ele.13911. UNDERSTANDING EXTINCTIONAsk any child to name an extinct animal, and most will tell you the name of their favorite dinosaur. But if you ask them...

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ePostcard #152: Humans and Megafauna

ePostcard #152: Humans and Megafauna

Dateline: December 3, 2020. A major discovery at the archeological site of Cerro Azul in the Serranía La Lindosa, Colombia, provides proof that the Amazon rainforest’s earliest inhabitants lived alongside now-extinct Ice Age mammals such as giant sloths and mastodons. The site is located in the Serrania de la Lindosa mountain range in the middle of the Colombian jungle, about 400 kilometers southeast of the capital, Bogota.

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ePostcard #151: The Armadillo Bestiary

ePostcard #151: The Armadillo Bestiary

Photo Credit (above): Courtesy of Fernando Trujillo for IUCN. The Giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus) is one of the largest species of armadillos, and ranges in length from 2 to 3 feet. It is easily recognizable due to its powerful, enlarged central claw and the...

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ePostcard #150: Darwin’s Megafauna

ePostcard #150: Darwin’s Megafauna

'It is impossible to reflect without the deepest astonishment, on the changed state of this continent. Formerly it must have swarmed with great monsters, like the southern parts of Africa, but now we find only the tapir, guanaco, armadillo, and capybara; mere pigmies...

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ePostcard #149: A Naturalist’s Bookshelf

ePostcard #149: A Naturalist’s Bookshelf

Photo Credits: All photos courtesy of Audrey DeLella Benedict and they were taken on Cloud Ridge Naturalists trips. These are Red-Legged Cormorants at their nest on a cliff near Puerto San Julian in Argentine Patagonia. When the geology is as vibrantly colored as the...

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ePostcard #148: Darwin’s Sloth

ePostcard #148: Darwin’s Sloth

When I view all beings not as special creations, but as the lineal descendants of some few beings which lived long before the first bed of the Cambrian system was deposited, they seem to me to become ennobled. CHARLES DARWIN, On the Origin of the SpeciesPhoto Credits:...

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ePostcard#145: Darwin, Geologist!

ePostcard#145: Darwin, Geologist!

It is an old story, but not the less wonderful, to hear of shells, which formerly were crawling about at the bottom of the sea, being now elevated nearly fourteen hundred feet above its level. — Charles DarwinPhoto Credits: All courtesy of Audrey DeLella Benedict....

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ePostcard #144: A Naturalist’s Bookshelf

ePostcard #144: A Naturalist’s Bookshelf

A NATURALIST’S BOOKSHELFI subscribe to the stewardship vision best expressed by the great Senegalese environmentalist Baba Dioum—we are moved to conserve what we understand and love. Every so often, in researching the topics for our ePostcard series, I discover a book...

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ePostcard #143: Fire and Ice: Volcán Osorno

ePostcard #143: Fire and Ice: Volcán Osorno

Photo credits: All Volcán Osorno photos are courtesy of Audrey DeLella Benedict. This 8,724 foot high (2659 m) stratovolcano and its lava-bench waterfall are located in the stunningly beautiful "volcano country” of the Chilean Lake District.FIRE AND ICEWhen viewed...

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