Poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans) likes open disturbed areas but can be found in many habitats. Deer, cattle, goats, and other herbivores browse the nutritious foliage and birds eat the fruit. People fair poorly though as there are at least 10 million cases of allergic contact dermatitis in the United States each year from poison ivy, oak, and sumac
Urushiol and Sensitive People
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Long before the Bighorn River was tamed by the Yellowtail Dam, the roiling waters through the canyon were feared. During spring snowmelt, the water turned into a raging torrent, a combination of whirlpools, rapids, and eddies. Conversely, the river through the canyon had a reputation for being placid by late summer, when dry heat and lack of rainfall turned it into a sedate stream. More...