I recently found myself searching for crocodiles at a nuclear power plant.  It was the middle of the night, and we were on an airboat flying through the darkness along one of the canals that cools the reactor. As our […]

Third Nature


As a hockey mom of three, I spend an inordinate amount of time at the rink. This also means that I spend a huge amount of time in the car driving to and from the rink and in arenas watching […]

Nature at the Rink


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