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Click on the video. That’s a black guillemot. A juvenile, a youngster, not yet in its adult plumage. Munching a crab before diving amid the breakwater boulders for another.  Your browser does not support the video tag. The clip lasts […]

Why Birds?


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For birds in winter, the land around the city of Bellingham, Washington, is a good place to be. Sheltered from storms of the outer Pacific coast, tucked where the lower Fraser and Nooksack River floodplains collide, greater Bellingham normally harbors […]

Winter Bobcat, Watching


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Somehow I never noticed that I work in a desert. Not an actual desert—those are filled with cacti, snakes, and other forms of life. My office is in a suburban-style neighborhood, surrounded by vast lawns, which, I recently discovered, are […]

Getting over Purity



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For all their splendid, evocative footage, wildlife documentaries can’t help but come from a subject-object perspective. They show a world of us-and-them, civilization here and wilderness out there, however strongly they make the case to protect wild places. Documentaries of […]

We're Not Alone: A Review of ...



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“Simplify, simplify,” I heard Thoreau say in my head the other day when I was packing the cabinet of curiosities that is my medicine cabinet. We are preparing to move again. Why I had kept a bottle of sublingual B12 drops […]

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