The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Most feathers owe their tones to pigments: organic compounds scattered through the feather. Melanin, the pigment responsible for black, brown and tan hues, is produced by birds and resides in feather structures called melanosomes, according to Audubon.

The science of shimmer: iridescence in bird feathers

ISABELLE BUSCH January 27, 2022

A glint catches your eye. The fiery metallic shine belongs to a Calliope hummingbird, who hovers curiously in front of you. Then in a shimmering blur, it is gone, leaving your eyes ablaze with nearly unbelievable...

A Great Blue Heron patiently waits for fish while hunting in the middle of Paradise Creek, Nov. 13, 2021, in Pullman.

Wildlife of the Week: Great blue heron

MASON MARON January 27, 2022

Herons are a well-known icon of marshes and wetlands, but the many species of heron found worldwide are well-adapted to fit most habitats. Of those species, one of the most well-adapted is the great blue...

Visitors can hike this 5 mile trail in three hours.

Walk the Colfax Trail

ISABELLE BUSCH October 7, 2021

Only a half-hour drive from campus is a hidden gem of a hike, Colfax Trail. The  trail follows the path of an old railway line, which means it’s nice and flat. It’s more of a walk than a hike,...

Hikers can see sunflowers at the arboretum.

Autumn adventure: Visit WSU Arboretum

ISABELLE BUSCH September 30, 2021

As the days shorten and the leaves dry, there’s no better pastime than taking a stroll through the WSU Arboretum, which is right on campus.  When I visited the arboretum, I stayed for about 90...

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