natural habitats

A nocturnal animal like the Fisher is usually only seen momentarily or by accident, and is most commonly observed darting across dirt roads at night. (Arthur Chapman/Creative Commons)

Princeton University
This essay recounts stories of my experiences observing animals in the weasel family (mustelids), particularly the Fisher (Martes pennanti).

A Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) puffs its feathers on a cold and snowy day. (David Restivo/National Park Service)

Princeton University
This is the story of how I became fascinated by birds, accumulated over a thousand field guides, and traveled the world as a result.
Planet Forward
The Planet Forward Storyfest 2019 winners traveled with Planet Forward and Lindblad Expeditions for an expedition to the legendary and unique ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands in August 2019, and reported on the unparalleled stories found there.
Buds on tamarisk trees

Tamarisk trees provide nesting habitat for the endangered southwestern willow flycatchers in Arizona. (Photo by Rachel Charlton/Cronkite News)

Arizona State University
Fighting nature with nature seems like a good idea – unless nature doesn’t care about geography. A 20-year-old federal decision to use a beetle to slow the spread of an invasive shrub is hurting an endangered songbird.
Arizona State University
In 1987, condors were on the brink of extinction. Three decades later, the California condor is slowly rebounding.
University of Delaware
A vernal pool is a pond — but, more specifically, a seasonal one since it typically dries out at some point during the course of the year.