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
By Joanne Garton Formal study of birdsong has long been fascinated with the who, how, and why of some of our most ubiquitous outdoor sounds. Many guides encourage new birders to learn their species by ear, listening for bird presence rather than relying on sight alone. Researchers have examined everything from a songbird’s syrinx (the… Continue reading The Musicality of Birdsong
By Bryan Pfeiffer Two wings and a prayer carry a Blackpoll Warbler on a remarkable journey to South America each autumn. Well, actually, two wings and the audacity to pull off one of the most amazing feats of migration on the planet: a non-stop, trans-Atlantic flight lasting up to three days. With most of us only speculating… Continue reading A Blackpoll Warbler’s Daring Trans-Atlantic Flight
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
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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?
By Shelby Perry It’s hunting season, and this year I’m working through my end-of-semester stress with a rifle. I’ve never been a hunter before, but, as a native Vermonter, deer camp, hunter-safety orange, and the first rule of gun safety (always point your muzzle in a safe direction!) have been in my vocabulary since childhood. … Continue reading Give it a Shot: Staying Safe in the Woods During Rifle Season