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Rocky Mountain junipers are perhaps the most valuable wildlife tree in the area. It's characterized by dense cover and ample food in the form of "berries." Keith Corliss/The Pioneer

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About noon this past Monday a magical event occurred. It went largely unnoticed and uncelebrated by most, but it had a hemisphere-wide impact on us in the North. At 1747 (GMT) the sun reached its most southerly declination, an annual happening known as the winter solstice. Indeed we have bottomed out for the year and now stare six months of growing day length squarely in the face. I love it.

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