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Slow Water Movement

Urban Riverwalks Out West

It seems everywhere we go, towns and cities are turning back towards their waterways. New or re-energized walkways/bikeways are popping up along rivers, lakes or other water features. In our travels out West we had an opportunity to visit several, so... Read More »

Reconciliation Ecology
The Conscience of an Asteroid

The Conscience of an Asteroid

My new contribution to the series “The Moral Is” (hear my previous essays in their archives, or read them here) on Valley Public Radio was broadcast during Valley Edition a couple of weeks ago. Here’s my original, extended version of the essay, befor... Read More »

Coyote Crossing Coyote Crossing
Poem with one vowel

Poem with one vowel

Edge effectsGlee! The deep freeze recedes.Even the bejeweled bees, ever kept penned,Greet the respected beekeeper.These stretched present vessels, these feeble knees, These leveled, dependent legs,End the secret sense the experts set,The present red-... Read More »

View from Elephant Hills
Perils of oil palm

Perils of oil palm

The Economic Survey Mizoram 2012-13 made a bold claim. After quoting the Forest Survey of India’s (FSI) State of Forest Report 2011 that 90.68% of Mizoram is under forest cover, the Economic Survey claimed, literally in bold letters in a box, t... Read More »

Birds and Words
BIG DAY

BIG DAY

There’s no other way to title this post, beloved birders. Yesterday was a HUGE day here at Birds and Words. I extracted my first bird from a mist net! Well, I had help, of course, from the great Bronwyn, who is an extracting wiz at the banding ... Read More »

InyoOwnWay
The Corvid Blog
Dispersal Range
Another Promised Land

Another Promised Land

After Ross and I left Chicago I pined for certain things: the sanguine splash of cardinals in the trees; the husky downtown smell of raw chocolate on the verge of becoming sweet; the screech and flinty spark of a nighttime El train passing overhead o... Read More »

Toad In The Hole
My Young Elder

My Young Elder

Since the Berkeley Ecology Center has seen fit to disappear the archive of columns that Joe Eaton and I wrote for the late great magazine Terrain way back when, I’m taking the liberty of republishing some of them here. I planted a blue elderber... Read More »

The 'Not Essential' List
A Good Defense…Is Not Enough

A Good Defense…Is Not Enough

Why are we whispering?  Everybody I speak to privately about this administration’s environmental record is in various stages of shock, disbelief, and anger.  Publicly, the environmental community is prodding the President along as if he is a st... Read More »

Basin and Range Watch
Nevada Part 2

Nevada Part 2

I was going to continue my celebration of Nevada by listing some of the unique and hidden places of the Silver State that I have visited. But then it happened: bulldozers in my own backyard. So Basin & Range Watch has been busy fighting a painful... Read More »

Miracle or Mirage?

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