Bryan's Blog

The Adventures of a Field Biologist and Boy Explorer

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.

Drum Roll, Please

Trees speak many languages: their leaves whoosh in summer, their trunks creak in winter. At the onset of spring, however, trees become sounding boards for courtship. Before the thrushes and warblers and sparrows arrive to sing from branches and boughs, woodpeckers kick off the spring chorus with a drum roll.