The Adventures of a Field Biologist and Boy Explorer
Waiting (and Rooting) for Mulberrywings
In a sedgy wetland, beside a lone milkweed, I wait for an endearing little butterfly.
The Virtue in Uncertainty
Lessons from the lovely, confusing butterflies here in my backyard — and most likely in yours.
Little Brown Butterflies and the Pandemic
Finding refuge from the coronavirus pandemic among rare brown butterflies and remote northern bogs.
The Audacity of Bloodroot
Elegance and audacity in the dance of the Bloodroot’s flower and leaf — with snow in the forecast tonight here in Vermont.
Announcing: The Viral Spring
Your field guide to nature during the pandemic, with regular updates as we practice “distant socializing” (including in the wilds of our homes and back yards).
Orange and Metal
Orangetip and metalmark butterflies, their charisma, coronavirus, and the human condition this coming spring.
The Naked Signs of Spring
Reporting from the American South, I bring you vultures, violets and hints of springtime.
Butterflies in Tribute to Darwin and Lincoln
Butterflies in celebration of Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln, each born on this day 211 years ago.
Insects and Impeachment
Pygmy dragonflies, charismatic butterflies, atomic bombs and toxic politics.
A moth, a carnivorous plant, a Barbara Kingsolver novel and its cover illustration launch me on a journey of natural history and mistaken identity.
Digital Cameras for Nature Photography
Freshened up and revised for 2020, here’s my overview and advice for birders, biologists, field naturalists or anyone else who might want better images from nature.
Avocets and Hockey
A field biologist (and hockey fan) reviews the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra’s performance last night.