Botany, Seasons

Evergreen and Everlasting: The Long March of the Lycophytes

By Julia Runcie - In the murky, humid forests of the Carboniferous Period, organisms grew to remarkable size. Dragonflies as big as Cooper’s hawks ruled the air and three-foot-long scorpions prowled the earth. The swampy water concealed beasts like the dawn tadpole, a predatory amphibian as long as a pickup truck. The canopy showcased elegant… Continue reading Evergreen and Everlasting: The Long March of the Lycophytes

Botany, Climate Change, Conservation, Experience, Wildlife

Field Notes 2015: Human Nature and The End of Nature

Nature is in peril. Biodiversity is plummeting. Species are going extinct 100 to 1000 times faster than normal. How many times have you read an introduction beginning that way? It’s depressing because it’s true. The ensuing article or book usually offers plenty of advice on what actions we must take to stem the tide of… Continue reading Field Notes 2015: Human Nature and The End of Nature

Botany, Climate Change, Conservation, Earth Science, Entomology, Experience, Natural Destinations, Seasons, Wildlife

Beyond the Jeep Road Sits Coyote — Wilderness in 2015

By Levi Old On the first day of a 90-day expedition, our team made camp at the end of a jeep road. The afternoon sun, low in the sky, blanketed the desert’s red and orange rocks. Daylight quickly shifted into dusk. The rocks faded into shapes, and dropped shadows on slick rock in the crescent… Continue reading Beyond the Jeep Road Sits Coyote — Wilderness in 2015