1 hour 35 min • 2016
On a warm afternoon in 1988, a tippy double-decker boat poked its way through a narrow channel in a Brazilian forest flooded with runoff from the far-off Andes. The trees in this pristine swamp were lush with colorful plants. The most tantalizing was a swatch of flat red leaves clinging to a trunk about ten […]
The Political Climate Has Scientists on the Run
INSECTS Passenger pigeon chewing louse (Columbicola extinctus) Brown lacewing (Sympherobius occidentalis) CRUSTACEANS Ohio shrimp (Macrobrachium ohione) Lusty crayfish (Cambarus robustus) MOLLUSKS Winged mapleleaf (Quadrula fragosa) White wartyback (Plethobasus cicatricosus) Rough pigtoe (Pleurobema plenum) Pink mucket (Lampsilis abrupta) Tuberculed blossom (Epioblasma torulosa) FISH Bluehead shiner (Pternotropis hubbsi) Bigeye chub (Hybopsis amblops) Northern madtom (Noturus stigmosus) Stargazing […]
ARACHNIDS Honeybee tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi) Deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) Lone star tick (Amblyomma americanum) INSECTS Smokybrown cockroach (Periplaneta fuliginosa) European giant hornet (Vesap crabro) Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) Gypsy moth (Lymantria dispar) CRUSTACEANS Spiny water flea (Bythotrephes cederstromii) MOLLUSKS Asain clam (Corbicula fluminea) Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) FISH Sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) Alewife […]
When Western civilization met the passenger pigeon it was like two great storms meeting in mid ocean. Given enough time, the more powerful one cancels out the other.
Tom Anton is into herps. Always has been, at least from age six or seven, when he came home with a garter snake and asked if he could keep it. He could, and did. Next came a turtle, then frogs, toads, salamanders, fish. By the time he was in high school his mother refused to […]
The extinction of so many island species raises questions about the future of the mainlands most of us live on.
The story of what happened when the American political and economic system collided with the wide open prairie
Mourning elephants. Bison at play. Spiders in Love? Jeffrey Masson and Susan McCarthy want us to believe that animals have feelings too.
A Wisconsin Sculptor’s Got a Monkey on His Back
Graceland is perhaps the crown jewel of midwestern cemeteries, numbering among its tenants many of Chicago’s rich and famous, some of whom were commemorated by artists as well known as Lorado Taft and Louis Sullivan. But John Gary Brown, a photographer based in Lawrence, Kansas, has little interest in the famous, either as artists or […]
The specks drew my sight out beyond the trees then resolved, barely, into ducks, floating calm and still as decoys. Hundreds of ducks. A thousand. The lake teemed: how had I missed them?
How can a body so small fly so far?
Scientists and environmentalists criticize his work, but no one disputes the outrageousness of his ambition.