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— Bryan

Selected Essays and Articles

Backyard Naturalist: Open your eyes to the animal world around you

We are kneeling in the snow on a cold winter’s day. Our mittens are off and my fourth grade students are running their fingers along the rippled paw prints of the red fox we’ve been following. Read more »

Snow Spiders: Rule Breakers

For Northern Woodlands

I have always admired nature’s mutineers: animals and plants that thwart the recognized system and do their own thing. Read on »

Backyard Naturalist: Gifts from the Christmas bird count

I’m not a birder and in fact bird watching intimidates me. The field is filled with experts who can identify a bird by the very first breath of a whistle or chirp. Read on »

Nuts for Acorns

For Northern Woodlands Magazine

Tucked behind a stonewall on the edge of a hardwood forest, my six-year-old students and I spy on an Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) as it climbs out of a tree cavity and scurries down to the ground. Read on »

Mammoths!

For Northern Woodlands Magazine

I fall in love easy. I’ve been mad about river otters and star-nosed moles, and of course the venomous short-tailed shrew. But my first love was a creature that is almost mythical, a shadow lingering on the edges of time. Read on »

Touched by Touch

For the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

I’m standing on the edge of Cynthia’s Pond, a beautiful swamp near the Harris Center. I have 12 kids with me, armed with nets, strainers, containers and rubber boots. On this day our buckets are teeming with our catch: dragonfly nymphs, water boatmen, an enormous giant water bug, and count­less leeches. Read on »

Tapestry of Light

For Northern Woodlands Magazine

I’ve taken to wandering the night lately–one of the pleasures of having a puppy. Willow, my pup, and I walk at all hours,from twilight to midnight and into the shadowy early morning. Read on »

Sliding Shenanigans

For Northern Woodlands Magazine

I have been living with an otter. He’s long and sleek, a graceful swimmer with an insatiable appetite for fish. At first he was just my boy, a chubby little toddler, happy to snuggle and follow his big sister around. Read on »

Coyotes Prepare for Winter

For Northern Woodlands Magazine

Eight years ago, my husband and I planted 128 fruit trees on a hillside, mostly apples, but the back few rows included stone fruits. Our apples began producing with gusto after only a few years. Read on »

Everyday Animals, Or Why Not Kiss a Worm

For Minding Nature

Let’s Be Chickadees. Pshht, pshht, pshht we call as we sit on the frozen ground so close to one another that we can feel the cold spray of our neighbor’s pshht. In the distance I had heard a few black capped chickadees and gathered the group to try our luck at calling them closer. Read on »