Snot Otters To Be Proud Of

Some 50-60 folks (mostly from nearby Blacksburg I think) gathered in the damp gloom of the Rising Silo Brewery in the rain for the first gathering of the “Tap into Science” group. The focal point was the Eastern Hellbender (or Snot Otter or Old LasagnaSides, or…) as presented to the group by Dr. Bill Hopkins,  a […]

Right to a Nature-Rich Childhood

I happened across this piece I’d written some years back–for Blog Action Day maybe–and thought it might have a place in what used to be the book I was writing and compiling from odd bits here and there that might deserve to see the light of day. So I posted it at Medium.com today. Go […]

Parts South

Two weeks ago this morning I was in high clover–among vegetation and birdlife unlike anything around here, that’s for sure. Sarasota is another world, and on a beautiful balmy morning surrounded by herons and ibises and spoonbills and ducks and… It was really the first time I’ve been able to use the long-lens function of […]

What’s a Forest For?

Part Two of a four-part series on Forests’ Future, published in Floyd Press starting March 30. What goes missing when a clearcut takes everything away from our ridges, slopes or valleys? Extensive and prolonged logging so close to home was not just a personal concern. It was a community matter, too. Taking away the forest […]