A diesel rattles, gravel crunches, camera shutters click, and a collective breath is inhaled by a group of twenty. Mist hangs over the stalled cars blocking two lanes of traffic near Avalanche Peak. A hush descends on all of us […]

Peep Show


The green revolution has officially taken hold. It is estimated that 2/3 of the world's energy will be generated by sustainable sources over the next thirty years. This profound transition will likely affect our politics, culture and way of life […]

Beyond the Green Horizon


The publisher of my memoir thinks comparing my sister to a garbage-eating corvid needs a few anecdotes to support such harsh phrasing. I concede the point.  When the 2019 Polar Vortex was on its way to Chicago at the end of […]

Gifts and Omens from the Polar ...



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