Winter Thaw

[The turkey] is besides, though a little vain & silly, a Bird of Courage, and would not hesitate to attack a Grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his Farm Yard with a red Coat on.      - Benjamin Franklin February 2, 2014.  A midwinter thaw allows temperatures to rise to... Continue Reading →

Feral America

The cat is a wild animal that inhabits the homes of humans. -Konrad Lorenz, Man Meets Dog Fresh snow lies on every surface and the nighttime temperature dips to around 20°F.  As I do nearly every night, I strap a leash on my dog and we head out the door for a short walk around the... Continue Reading →

Slice of Wilderness

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit. - Edward Abbey As a naturalist, I love doing anything in nature. Camping, hiking, backpacking, bird-watching, even just being in a suburban wooded lot is thrilling to me. So when a couple of friends I made in the Florida Keys invited me to... Continue Reading →


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.      - John Muir Cabin fever is setting in during this record-breaking cold winter.  I've ventured outside a few times, but for the most part, I've been staying indoors.  After years of winters of considering writing... Continue Reading →

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