Bryan's Blog

The Adventures of a Field Biologist and Boy Explorer

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.

Vermont’s New Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas

Today we launched the Vermont Damselfly and Dragonfly Atlas, which allows anyone to report, track, study, discover or simply enjoy these charismatic insects.

April Clickbait

If nature blogs were as rhapsodic as BuzzFeed and other clickbait, they might read something like these.

A Puff of Springtime from a Grey Alder

Spring erupts from Specked Alder.

A Poem for April

One of only two poems I have ever written. Yeah, April is that compelling.

Happy Vernal Equinox

On this day with roughly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness, I bring you two insects.

Winter Butterflies

A butterfly slide show to join the odd winter warmth on the way here in New England.

Ruth Einstein’s Annual Super Bowl Proclamation

Wisdom and logic in Super Bowl declarations from my partner in love and life Ruth Einstein, who doesn’t care much for football.

Purple Sandpipers, Orange Lichen and Donald Trump

An oath for nature and a view from the Arctic on Inauguration Day.