Experience, Seasons

Giving Thanks For Nature: A Meditation

By Katherine Hale - Despite the concrete, compelling realities of pine-cone gall aphids, winter buds, and migrating waterfowl, I head indoors as Thanksgiving approaches, trading adventures afield for the familiar comforts of food and friends. Chopping squash and garroting cabbage, I'm preoccupied with the wonders outside, even as I think about the purpose of this… Continue reading Giving Thanks For Nature: A Meditation

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