Moment of Chill
Women sitting on rocks enjoying the outdoors.

Orvis Moment of Chill

There are times when world news or just the rigors of everyday life can seem extraordinarily stressful. At Orvis, we believe in the power of nature to replenish our spirit and restore balance to our lives. So, we urge you to take a little time right now to step away from the stress and … Chill.

Puppies playing outside

Carefree Fun

Puppies need exercise, but too much can cause exhaustion or even joint damage, especially in bigger dogs. As a puppy grows, the amount of daily exercise should increase by 5 minutes per month. For example, 3-month-old puppies should have at least 15 minutes of exercise each day, increasing to 20 minutes at 4 months.

thousands of Starlings flying in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns.

Murmurations of Immortality

When hundreds or thousands of starlings fly in swooping, intricately coordinated patterns, it's called a "murmuration." For decades, ornithologists struggled to explain how the birds maintain cohesion during these seemingly random movements. But in 2013, a group of scientists determined that each bird takes its cues from exactly seven of its neighbors, which allows them to "manage uncertainty while also maintaining consensus."

Kayaking the Labrador taiga.

Far from the Madding Crowd

The Labrador taiga is among the largest contiguous swaths of pristine wilderness left in North America. Labrador is one of last places where these native brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) have remained unchanged since distinguishing themselves on the evolutionary ladder 10,000 years ago.

Woman saltwater fishing for Bonefish.

Flats Fantasy

Bonefish are usually found in intertidal flats, mangroves, and creeks. Often congregating in schools of 100 or more, bonefish follow a daily pattern of coming up onto the flats as the tide rises and retreating to deeper water as it falls. (Although, as any bonefish aficionado will tell you, they often fail to show up for reasons that remain a mystery.) Larger bonefish tend to travel in twos or threes, and the trophy specimens are solitary.

Small stream in the forest shadowed by trees.

Small-Stream Joy

Small streams are magical places to fly fish because they offer intimate encounters with the natural world. These small waters allow anglers to feel truly embedded in the ecosystem, and they often provide vital spawning habitat for trout species. Unfortunately, these headwater streams are often cut off by dams, roads, and culverts, which cut off fish species from good spawning habitat. It's vital that we work to reconnect these fragmented stream sections to keep wild fish populations healthy for generations to come.

Brown Bears frolicking in the river catching salmon.

Brown-Bear Pool Party

The Copper River flows into Lake Iliamna from the south, through a beautiful valley lined with cottonwoods, spruce, and birches. Famous among anglers for its trophy rainbow trout, the river hosts an annual run of hundreds of thousands of sockeye salmon, which bring the bears and the seagulls to the river. Without these salmon, the entire ecosystem would collapse, which is why anglers and biologists oppose the proposed Pebble Mine, which would be built in this watershed.

Arctic fox looking out on the arctic tundra.

Arctic Fox

The arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) is native to the Arctic regions of the Northern Hemisphere and common throughout the Arctic tundra. It is well adapted to living in cold environments, and is best known for its thick, warm fur that is also used as camouflage.

Mayflies fluttering in the forest above a stream.

The Mating Dance

The final stage of a mayfly’s life cycle is called an "imago" or “spinner,” and clouds of these mating insects are often visible dancing in the air above a river. Spinners are usually easy to identify by their transparent wings, extra-long tails, and large eyes.