Bryan's Blog

The Adventures of a Field Biologist and Boy Explorer

The Real Meaning of Groundhog Day

Blogger’s Note: You can also hear me read this as a commentary on Vermont Public Radio. Pay no attention to Phil and the pranksters in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, today. Instead, listen for bird song. Black-capped Chickadees offer their wistful fee-bee serenade. Northern Cardinals launch into…

Dragonfly Swarms

Those mobs of airborne dragonflies you’re seeing are either on the hunt or in migration. Here’s the scoop on dragonfly swarms.

The Buzz on Bumblebees

WOODSTOCK, VT – In the delicate and passionate matters of “the birds and the bees,” Vermont may have no greater authority than Kent McFarland. Courtship and reproduction occupy a good portion of McFarland’s workday. No breeding behavior is too racy,…

Our Bottles Ourselves

By Bryan Pfeiffer Bobby Martino’s office is a menagerie of empties: sticky bottles, clacking cans and the aroma of stale beer. Here in the bottle room of M&M Beverage and Redemption Center in Barre Town, stale beer is the least…

Killing My Kindle

By Bryan Pfeiffer (for Vermont Public Radio) Downtown Montpelier is lucky enough to have three independent bookstores, a pleasing blend of creaky wooden floors, informed employees, hand-made signs, and a wise selection of titles. Not long ago, Ruth and I…

Eulogy for my Father, Joe Pfeiffer (1925-2010)

On behalf of my family, I thank you all for coming today. We’re all here, family and friends together, to remember and celebrate the life of Joe Pfeiffer, a husband, uncle, cousin, grandfather, comedian, mench, kind of a klutz, and,…