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Birds and Words
My First Twitch

My First Twitch

Beloved birders! I had a feeling I would one day wake up and decide to chase after a bird, but I had no idea the day would be today. There’s been a Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) in Oakville, Ontario for the past 6 weeks or so and I’ve... Read More »

Wild Within
On Being Left Alone, Outdoors

On Being Left Alone, Outdoors

When I don’t get enough solitude, I grit my teeth over simple things. My creativity becomes a stagnant, shallow creek. Real solitude, the kind I need, is quiet, alone with my dog in nature. People ask me if I get lonely—but the truth is, loneliness i... Read More »

Coyote Crossing Coyote Crossing
Heart

Heart

I have a new family member. Her name is Heart, named partly because of a black Valentine’s-heart-shaped patch on her left side, and partly because of who she is. When I first met her, in November, she couldn’t bring herself to make eye co... Read More »

Slow Water Movement
Weather Videos

Weather Videos

I haven’t been inspired to blog much lately, but I have started a small new project to make silly fun videos about weather (mostly in Vermont). If you are interested in such things, you can find them at my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.c... Read More »

View from Elephant Hills
Miracle or Mirage?
Dispersal Range
The Corvid Blog
Where the Mind is Without Fear
Reconciliation Ecology
InyoOwnWay
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 »

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