Bryan's Posts About Politics and Civility

Silent Spring at 60

Were it published today, would Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring have had the same impact? My essay for The Boston Sunday Globe.

War and Nature

As a biologist here in the relative safety of New England, I’m struggling to reconcile the new life of spring emerging from the horrific shadows of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

FALLOUT

Since last autumn I’ve been photographing fallen pandemic masks. Performance art? Pandemic zeitgeist? You decide.

Rebuilding

On Inauguration Day, an ephemeral insect in the Grand Canyon offers some perspective on rebuilding, hope and new forms of extinction.

The Year in Flight

From tiny butterflies to grand landscapes, my images of wildlife and wild places during a turbulent and traumatic year.

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.

Cheating Death

A moth, a carnivorous plant, a Barbara Kingsolver novel and its cover illustration launch me on a journey of natural history and mistaken identity.

The 2019 Monarch Migration Report

The forecast this autumn calls for Monarchs — maybe even lots of them in some places.

The Extinction of Meaning

Now that the Trump administration has advanced its plan to weaken the Endangered Species Act, here’s my essay, first published at Medium.com, about our fading ties to wildlife and wild places. 

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.

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. Oh, and some owl photos.