Golden Eagle in Flight, Pahsimeroi Valley, Idaho

Aquila chrysaetos, Just Because


Bald Eagles get all the press, but if there is a bird you’d call the most elegant raptor in North America, it’s the Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos. It’s the largest North American raptor, with a wingspan that can run to 76 inches. A full-grown female – among raptors, females are generally larger – can weigh 14 pounds.…

Senator Lisa Murkowski, Climate Change Denier (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Lisa Murkowski: Too Little, Too Late


Alaska’s senior U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has finally issued a statement on the Trump Administration’s child abuse on our borders. The time is now for the White House to end the cruel, tragic separations of families. They are not consistent with our values. The thousands of children taken from their parents and families must be…

Looking southwest across the middle Pahsimeroi Valley at the Lost River Range

Notes on the Pahsimeroi Basin


When WC moved to Idaho a few years ago, WC knew it was a state that has an extensive basin and range province. “Basin and range,” for non-geologists, is a patter of alternating steep mountains and broad, mostly flat valleys. The mountains and valleys all extend northwesterly, mostly parallel, and are major geoform of the…

A Most Cooperative Badger


WC spent a few days in the Pahsimeroi Valley, a fairly obscure tributary of the Salmon River, in east central Idaho. With a couple for friends, we spent some time exploring the Pahsimeroi and the Lost River Range, the mountains that bound the Pahsimeroi Valley on the westerly side. One of the highlights of the…