Bryan's Blog

The Adventures of a Field Biologist and Boy Explorer

Podcast: Birding and Conversation

My morning birding with Erica Heilman, a dear friend and the creator of Rumble Strip. It’s a podcast. So as we watched Yellow Warblers glow, Erica and I talked about birds and about finding our place in the world.

Watching Swallows

Finding respite from suburbia, in suburbia, within a flock of swallows on the wing. Oh, and some friendly advice for over-eager birdwatchers and photographers.

Insects for Birders

Insects for Birders

Join me April 2 for inspiration and practical advice on turning your binoculars toward butterflies, dragonflies, fireflies, tiger beetles and other glittering insects, which E. O. Wilson calls the “little things that run the world.”

First in Flower

The Eastern Bluebird, singing in a flight display overhead, put an end to winter. My day could have been complete. Then came the flowers.

Greg Lasley

Greg Lasley, who died on January 30, personified dignity and benevolence. And because he showed us wildlife and wild places, Greg ranks among our great conservationists. He gave so that we might see the world.

The Light is Coming

I have no clue what Punxsutawney Phil declared on Groundhog Day. Shadows may come and go. What is certain, however, is the light — and nature’s response.

Rebuilding

On Inauguration Day, an ephemeral insect in the Grand Canyon offers some perspective on rebuilding, hope and new forms of extinction.

The Year in Flight

From tiny butterflies to grand landscapes, my images of wildlife and wild places during a turbulent and traumatic year.

“Short” Things for the Solstice

On this shortest day of a long and dark year, I bring you solstice greetings expressed in photographs of “short” things in nature.

Gifts of the Land and Spirit

Find respite for this year and hope for the future in the pages of the Vermont Almanac and in other triumphs of the written word.

Gull Gratitude

Say what you will about the coronavirus tragedy — and I need not add to the dialogue here — but it seems to be good for gull-watching.

Vermont’s Imperfect Ban on Socializing

A common sense explanation of Vermont’s latest policy on the pandemic: basically a ban on socializing.