Roger Di Silvestro’s Archive

A brook cuts through a winter landscape by John J. Stier

10 Comments about Winter from Henry David Thoreau

Winter is here, as residents in various snowy, icy, frozen parts of the nation have noticed. For many people it is a bleak season, with the first day of winter …

Longhorn by Nathan E. Woodward

Home for the Holidays: The Wild Origins of Table Meat

Most Americans are not likely to look for wildlife on their dinner tables, but in fact the echo of the wilderness—of wildlife and of wildlife habitat—is right there in most …

pronghorn, corridor, migration

Know Your NWF: The Corridor Connection

When 19th-century American conservationists first set out to protect wild places, they created parks, national forests and various types of wildlife sanctuaries in relatively small patches. Despite their best intentions, …

wild turkey, pilgrims, thanksgiving

Eight Wild Animal Species the Pilgrims Ate—and How They Are Today

[br] The Pilgrims’ first thanksgiving celebration (which lasted three days) probably took place in mid October 1621, after an unexpectedly bountiful harvest. The newcomers invited local Indians—who had given them …

Dolly Sods National Wilderness Area in West Virginia by Sharon Dalton

Part 2: What They’ve Said–Meditations on Nature

This is the second installment of a collection of thoughts that comment on or raise questions about nature, animals, conservation and related topics. Some of these observations are inspirational; many …

Moonrise near Homer Alaska by Doug Kaufman

What They’ve Said: Meditations on Nature

Here are some thoughts—bestowed on us by various scholars, sages, theorists, etc. down through the years—that comment on or raise questions about nature, animals, conservation and related topics. Some of …

Walruses are one of the Arctic animals that felt the heat in 2011. Photo credit: Peter Hemming

Will Global Warming Doom the Pacific Walrus?

I was a little boy when I checked a book called The Son of the Walrus King out of the local public library and fell so in love with its …

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