Bryan's Blog

The Adventures of a Field Biologist and Boy Explorer

A Love Letter to Monhegan Island

Sure, I miss the birds and vistas on one of the most beautiful places on this Earth. But what I miss most is the Monhegan melting pot.

Gratitude

Gratitude is easy after you’ve survived a heart attack.

LIVING

For a guy who could easily be dead right now, I’m not feeling half bad.

The Eclipse on the Wing of a Butterfly

The Heavens — and a total solar eclipse — reside on the wing of a butterfly.

Fly or Die: Painted Ladies on the Move

Now passing you by is one of the planet’s great events — an epic migration like no other. Painted Lady, the world’s most widespread butterfly, is on the move. We’ve been seeing them bigtime here in New England the past few weeks.

A Tiger in Vermont

Congratulations, Vermont. You’ve got a new dragonfly — and a “new” plant.

Dusk to Daytime High in Vermont

The glow and the light here in three panoramic images from the mountains of Vermont.

Don’t Drain the Swamp

At long last, I stand with President Trump. Let us ridicule Washington no more as a swamp. A cesspool? Certainly. A sewer? Sure. But not a swamp. Not as a metaphor for our center of dysfunction, corruption and angry tweets. Swamps deserve far better.

In from the Field (and Out Again)

Scenes from flight season here in Vermont — and beyond.

Insect Alerts

News from the frontiers of blue butterflies and burgundy damselflies.

A Vireo Underwater

Here on Monhegan Island, off Maine’s midcoast, I noticed a Philadelphia Vireo this morning — underwater.

A Eulogy for Coffee Corner

Another diner died on Sunday — Coffee Corner in my home city of Montpelier. Without Coffee Corner, Montpelier will still be the greatest city on Earth. But it will never be the same city.