Discoveries, Earth Science, Natural Destinations

The Hidden Gems of Lake Michigan

A professionally polished Petoskey stone, similar to what you would find for sale in shops throughout Michigan.  The diagram in the corner indicates scale. Photo by Dr. Mark Wilson of the College of Wooster, Ohio, via Wikimedia Commons. By Katherine Hale - This summer, transport yourself to the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, near the… Continue reading The Hidden Gems of Lake Michigan

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

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

Climate Change, Conservation, Discoveries, Earth Science, Experience, Living and Dying, Migrations, Natural Destinations, Seasons, Uncategorized, Wildlife

Freshwater Sharks

Snorkeling in frigid waters for a species at-risk By Levi Old                                                                On a dead-still summer night, I army-crawl upstream. “We have a large adult!” says Jen. I rise to one knee and pull the fogged snorkel mask off my head. “A big one?” I mumble in a haze. “Yeah, really big. Much larger than I’ve… Continue reading Freshwater Sharks

Botany, Natural Destinations

Winter Blooms

By Matt Pierle Cabin fever have you ready to see flowers again? If so, you’ve got options: Brazil and Bali are nice this time of year. Or seek out plants at a world-class botanical conservatory in, say, Montreal, London or San Francisco. If you’re short on time or prefer shoestring travel though, you could do… Continue reading Winter Blooms