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Birds and Words
The Bird I’m Looking At

The Bird I’m Looking At

Beloved birders, My favorite question, when I meet other birders, is to ask them about their favorite bird. I know it’s an annoying question, but I’m always so curious! It’s also a question that I myself hate answering, because the ... Read More »

Coyote Crossing Coyote Crossing
Crossing the San Gabriel River

Crossing the San Gabriel River

All this is temporary. The slick-slant concrete walls will fail to flood control in three days, or three hundred years. The mountains grow four inches in a century. We drive atop their alluvial fans, a layer of debris two miles thick a hundred wide. ... Read More »

Reconciliation Ecology
#hopejahrensurecanwrite

#hopejahrensurecanwrite

I discovered Hope Jahren and her writing via Twitter a few years ago, before she even had a blog. Instantly hooked, I added my voice to the rising chorus of #hopejahrensurecanwrite urging her to start a blog so we could get more from her virtual pen.... Read More »

Dispersal Range
On The Downhill

On The Downhill

Ross and I don’t tend to talk that much on the uphill when we’re hiking, largely due to the fact that I’m nearly always moving at a pace that makes me even less chatty than usual. But we often have wonderful, relaxed, surprising con... Read More »

The Corvid Blog
View from Elephant Hills
Wild Within
Slow Water Movement
California note 1

California note 1

In the sierra foothills. Typing on my portable electronic device amidst the squeaks and squawks of stellars jays and quail and other birds I didn’t know or had forgotten. It’s cool out, a gentle breeze, but that won’t last. Sitting ... Read More »

Toad In The Hole
Miracle or Mirage?
Where the Mind is Without Fear
InyoOwnWay
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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