Interspecies Travel: A Wide-Eyed Wander in the Wetlands

Halting on the red dirt trail, I squinted against the brightening sky. It had been overcast when I left on my Saturday long run, but now sunshine leaked through the dawn clouds. I should have brought my sunglasses! Or, having completed my mileage, I could switch to an entirely different type of lens. After a … More Interspecies Travel: A Wide-Eyed Wander in the Wetlands

The Stormbird’s Warning: Where Cuckoos and Climate Collide

Ko-wellll! Distinctive notes shimmer through the sleepy summer trees. Grabbing my hat and camera, I call to my laddie: “I’m going on koel patrol!” Despite my regular surveillance, I still haven’t managed a good picture of the pacific koel, an oceanic member of the cuckoo family. Their calls lead me on fruitless expeditions through the … More The Stormbird’s Warning: Where Cuckoos and Climate Collide

“The Great Kestrel Tree”: Rediscovering Nature Narratives

Growing up, one of my family’s favorite picture books was Lynne Cherry’s The Great Kapok Tree. It follows a laborer in the Amazon rainforest who, wearied by his toils, naps beneath the tree he’s been hired to chop down. As he sleeps, animals who call the tree home whisper pleas for him to spare it … More “The Great Kestrel Tree”: Rediscovering Nature Narratives