Botany, Discoveries, Wildlife

Random Nature Questions from a Non-naturalist

by Audrey Clark My stepbrother lounged in front of the television watching a reality TV show about mining in Alaska.  I sat on the couch, facing away from the television, drinking tea and reading a book on visionary scientists. After a while, I started to wonder what my stepbrother wondered about. “Caleb?” “Yeah.” “What questions… Continue reading Random Nature Questions from a Non-naturalist

Discoveries

A Bypassed Giant

by Rachel Garwin What’s the last amazing thing you overlooked?  I discovered mine last Wednesday in Centennial Woods, a 65-acre natural area near the University of Vermont campus.  A friend and expert naturalist was sharing his local knowledge with a group of undergrads, and I had tagged along.  The familiar path turned to the left… Continue reading A Bypassed Giant

Botany

The Prince of Plant Collectors and the Largest Cactus in the World

By Audrey Clark When the Prescott College coastal ecology class for which I was a teaching assistant left the field station on the shores of Kino Bay in early January, the sun shone and the sea was calm.  We loaded the students into a couple fiberglass fishing boats and sped off toward the Midriff Islands.… Continue reading The Prince of Plant Collectors and the Largest Cactus in the World