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

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, 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

Migrations, Seasons, Wildlife

Partial Migrants: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

By Sonia DeYoung - Outside my window, a robin pecks around in the rain. It's the day before Thanksgiving, and the forecast calls for the rain to turn to snow tonight in my Massachusetts hometown. So why isn't this robin right now flying south toward a warm, easy winter? Casual birdwatchers see robins as harbingers… Continue reading Partial Migrants: Should I Stay or Should I Go?