Editor’s note Photographer Arthur Ruffino recently reached out to the Center for Humans and Nature to share some of his many pigeon photographs with us. His timing was impeccable. His email arrived as we were readying a blog post this […]

A Fascination with Pigeons


“Rat bird” my coworker spits out.  We are looking at a gray pigeon who is getting cozy on a little patch of window sill.  “Why ratbird?” I ask her. It is the first time I have heard the phrase.  She […]

Chasing Pigeons into a Wilder World


Budget-conscious drivers in Germany seized the opportunity to invest in diesel-fueled vehicles. The promise of high gas mileage and environmentally friendly emission levels was too alluring to resist. Now, in the wake of stricter limitations on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) emissions, […]

The Diesel Disaster



I used to regard hiking as the only way to get to the wildness that Henry David Thoreau wrote about. A hike needed to be of epic proportions—an endurance challenge that covered broad swaths of landscape and left a solid […]

Hiking the Yard


The Philosophy Department at Colgate University invites applications for a one-year visiting assistant professor position, beginning fall semester 2019. AOS: Open. AOC: Environmental Ethics. Teaching load for the position is five courses per year. Completion of the Ph.D. in philosophy […]

VAP: Department of Philosophy, Colgate University


In September on the West Coast, the onset of the rainy season brings back the daytime frogs. There’s just enough rain to keep the plants watered but not enough to make me miserable, and I’m glad to hear the frog’s […]

Small Gestures