When it comes to spectator sports, birding ranks somewhere in between bass fishing and reading. For while the watching and tallying of birds can be enjoyable, relaxing, invigorating, and even emotionally and spiritually restorative, the watching of others watching birds is anything but. Which is quite likely why, despite birding being the preferred hobby of […]
To say that Chris Packham is well-known is an egregious under-statement. Noted author, photographer, television presenter, tireless campaigner for wildlife conservation; Packham is quite likely one of the most readily identifiable naturalists in the world. However for all who may think they know Packham, there is another side to him, part of which even he himself has only recently come to know and understand; a side he has now shared with all in his new memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar.
For the majority of human beings – particularly those living in the developed nations – there exists an unnatural veil between themselves and the natural world. For some of these the veil is slightly opaque and allows perception that there is something on the other side of it; for others it is as heavy as […]
When I was a boy growing up in the small Pacific coast fishing and logging town of Astoria, the federal and state agencies responsible for overseeing the rivers, wildlife, and trees were a part of daily life. The agents and rangers were part of our community; not a day went by that you didn’t bump […]