No Place for Frogs

Last summer, listening to nights filled with frog calls from the trees around our house, I resolved to put in a frog pond in our garden. My hope was to encourage breeding and bring our property a tiny step further towards being a well-rounded habitat for native wildlife. I’d created duck ponds before, but never … More No Place for Frogs

Two Immersive Experiences. Two Authors. Two Takeaways.

I’ve just returned from visiting two immersive experiences that provide a lot inspiration for how we frame – or could frame – our stories in natural history museums. The first of these is the City Museum in Saint Louis and the second, Meow Wolf in Santa Fe. Neither of these are natural history museums – … More Two Immersive Experiences. Two Authors. Two Takeaways.

Dogwoods in the Anthropocene Forest

Until recently, we had a number of dogwoods (Cornus florida) on our wooded North Carolina property. Every April, we’d enjoy their beautiful, saucer-like white blossoms peeking through the other foliage, virtually the only reminder of their existence through the thick undergrowth. In September, their berries were enjoyed by a riot of birds. Mockingbirds, bluebirds, thrushes, … More Dogwoods in the Anthropocene Forest

Wild Love: A Valentine’s Day Natural History

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. But we’ve had warning – the decorations started going up in stores the day after Christmas. I’m guessing you’re the romantic type – you’re probably going to do something lovely for your sweetheart next week. Maybe opting for traditional gifts, you’ll start with a card and roses, finish up … More Wild Love: A Valentine’s Day Natural History

Jackson Wild, CITES & UNDP – Raising the Profile of Wildlife in Peril

A mother lion-tailed macaque cradles her baby against her, undisturbed by the camera crew in close proximity. Polar bears trudge across sludgy ice floes to find ringed seals in winter. A herd of pronghorn antelope bounds across the screen and condors fly high over herds of guanaco. These are just a few of the many … More Jackson Wild, CITES & UNDP – Raising the Profile of Wildlife in Peril

Inside the Animal Mind: A Conversation with Richard Louv

I recently had the chance fulfill a long-time ambition, to have a chat with the Richard Louv best-selling author of many books, including “Last Child in the Woods” and “The Nature Principle.” Richard is a leader in thinking about nature deficit and our need to connect to the natural world, especially at a young age. … More Inside the Animal Mind: A Conversation with Richard Louv

A Christmas Herbarium: The Nature and Culture of our Favorite Holiday Plants

The Festive season is upon us. Many of us are busy hanging wreathes, decorating trees, and putting up mistletoe in doorways for that holiday smooch. If it’s Christmas you celebrate, most of our traditions go far further back than inflatable characters out of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer on the front lawn. And one thing that … More A Christmas Herbarium: The Nature and Culture of our Favorite Holiday Plants

The Painting

The other day, on a whim, we went to a thrift shop and something happened that you fantasize about but never expect. We found a masterpiece. The painting was sitting in a corner behind a lot of faded prints from the 1980s, with “$12.99”. scrawled on the back. We thought it was probably a clever … More The Painting