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Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow

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06.19.17

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  • The wildflowers around Haviland Lake are wonderful in June.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • False hellebore, or corn lily (Caltha leptosepala).- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Cairn Basin meadow.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • A moose wades leisurely in Willow Lake.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • A wary chipmunk.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Crystal Spring in Ash Meadows.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Tuolomne Meadows.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Tuolumne Meadows as seen from the top of Lembert Dome. Cathedral Peak (10,912 ft), left, towers above.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • A yet-unbloomed thistle.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • An insect alights on blooming spotted knapweed.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • The flower displays along the southern edge of Elk Meadow change as the summer progresses. Here is a late June bloom of Mountain shooting star (Dodecatheon jeffreyi).- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Female red-winged blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus).- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus spp.).- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Oregon swallowtail butterfly (Papilio oregonius).- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Camp Polk Meadow Preserve.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Fall fireweed in the meadows of Blue Lake.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Wilson Meadows and Lizard Head.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • The Stillwater's open valley, Christmas Meadows.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Fall colors at Brandywine Meadows.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • The Milky Way rises early in the night above Kings Creek Meadow.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Three Fingered Jack from Canyon Creek Meadow.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
  • Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge.- Be Mindful of the Vanishing Meadow
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Imagine a pristine meadow: The sun hangs low in the sky, casting a golden light, swatches of cotton-like clouds drift above the peaks of an alpine valley, their slopes converging to a lake surrounded by verdant fields of grass and wildflowers. These places are idyllic havens for wildlife, wildflowers, and wanderers. For this installment of the #52WeekAdventureChallenge, we celebrate the meadow.

Meadows like these are delicate, and they are critical habitat for some species, some of which have all but disappeared with the meadow. Britain may have lost up to 97% of its wildflower meadows, and along with it precious habitat for the endangered marsh fritillary. In Oregon, management of meadows has changed the habitat of the endangered silverspot butterfly as well, interrupting the natural cycle meadows for which recurring fire prevented the growth of forest.

For people, they are places that belong to daydreamers. Their wide expanses beckon us to lie among the grass, listen to the birds, the hum of the bees, and watch the clouds as they pass by. Find yourself there with a picnic and a partner. Go there on a long hike and stay awhile. Enjoy the peace and quiet, because there isn’t a better contrast to the chaos of the city.

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We believe good things come from people spending time outside. We strive to provide inspiration and supporting information on incredible adventures to make it easy for you to get outdoors and explore new places. We understand that life is busy, but we strongly encourage you to make time for outdoor recreation on a weekly, if not daily, basis. To keep you inspired all year, we've put together a list of 52 geologic features and adventure themes. Check them out and join us in our #52AdventureChallenge!

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