Climate Change, Conservation, Natural Destinations

Fire in the Swamp

By Jessie Griffin - Coffee-colored water peels away from our boat, sending ripples across the glass surface of Lake Drummond. The ancient cypress trees begin to dance as our wake bends their reflections. We’re crossing this hidden, undeveloped lake at the center of a once-vast wetland stretching from southern Virginia across a million acres into… Continue reading Fire in the Swamp

Conservation, Wildlife

The space between humans and cougars

Lyra Brennan - Two hundred feet above the lush Ardèche River in the south of France lies the barely visible entrance to a cave slotted between massive limestone cliffs. Narrow passageways connect multiple chambers that, once illuminated, reveal the unmistakable walls of Chauvet Cave, used 32,000 years ago by early humans who adorned this cave in… Continue reading The space between humans and cougars

Conservation, Entomology, Experience, Migrations

Monarchs Head South Toward an Uncertain Future

By Anya Tyson - If I went outside right now, hopped in the car, and started driving, it would take me 45 hours to reach the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve in Michoacán, Mexico, some 2,823 miles away. Though I badly want to see the groves of sacred firs (Abies religiosa) quivering and dripping with orange… Continue reading Monarchs Head South Toward an Uncertain Future

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