The Herbarium: Hidden Science at the Museum

I stood in the main foyer of the museum staring out into a courtyard where some smart-looking people sat drinking coffees and having a chat.  I was waiting for Bonnie Isaac, the herbarium collection manager at Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Continue reading “The Herbarium: Hidden Science at the Museum”

Waning Summer, Waxing Autumn

The summer sun was nearly wasted on me.  I spent a considerable amount of time indoors at a retail job in order to pay for the enumerating costs of living as an adult. Continue reading “Waning Summer, Waxing Autumn”

Snow Drops

Sixty degree weather in February has created some unique opportunities for me this year.  While it’s not quite late enough for much of anything to be growing or flowering, there are some typical early bloomers that appear almost out of place without a blanket of snow on the ground and nippy air on the nose. Continue reading “Snow Drops”

Life Sciences: Academics

“Conservation is a cause that has no end.  There is no point at which we will say our work is finished.”

–Rachel Carson

I pulled up the site today to try to finish one of the dozen or so drafts that I have going and decided instead to provide an update on me.  I’ve not only been busy with work and trying to squeeze in a nature walk here and there, but I also ended up going back to school.  I’m nearly halfway through my second semester at Chatham University–the alma mater of Rachel Carson. Continue reading “Life Sciences: Academics”

Red Squirrel

A stroll down a suburban alley reveals remarkable wildlife.

The sun rises laboriously in September, battling the recent chilly mornings along with the multitude of goosebumped commuters. Continue reading “Red Squirrel”

Trout Lily and Bloodroot

I decided recently to take a walk in an unfamiliar place and it paid off!  If you are tired of browsing through your local park try looking at conservancy or land trust properties.  The places I visited were less crowded and garden-like.

New Growth

Spring Crocus (Crocus vernus) with a honeybee (Apis mellifera)


Common chickweed (Stellaria media)–a common garden weed

I’ve been venturing out here and there throughout the past couple weeks Continue reading “New Growth”

Spring Wildflowers at Irwin Run

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In nature nothing exists alone.
     –Rachel Carson, Silent Spring




I park my car near a small lake in the local park and decide that I will follow a stream–Irwin Run. Continue reading “Spring Wildflowers at Irwin Run”

Spring Greening

Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above other living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life.
— Edward O. Wilson, Biophilia

It’s May already.  I feel like the last few months of winter and the first of Spring blend and meld and then suddenly it’s ninety degrees Fahrenheit and everything is green.  I have been busy and all together not so busy–work and life and dirty dishes.  I still walk through nature often enough. Continue reading “Spring Greening”

Pollution: Invisible and Obvious

Water and air, the two essential fluids on which all life depends,
have become global garbage cans.
–Jacques-Yves Cousteau


On a walk through a local park, a young woman passes beneath a dense green canopy of trees.  Birds sing around her, wildflowers bloom along the trail, and a doe and fawn whitetail deer pass nearby with little caution.  This scene is timeless and anyone could enjoy these simple wonders of nature Continue reading “Pollution: Invisible and Obvious”

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