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

10 Comments about Winter from Henry David Thoreau

1/6/2011 // By Roger Di Silvestro

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 marked by the longest night of the year.  But there […] Read more >

Longhorn by Nathan E. Woodward

Home for the Holidays: The Wild Origins of Table Meat

12/16/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

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 meals. That beef steak?  That Christmas ham?  That leg of […] Read more >

pronghorn, corridor, migration

Know Your NWF: The Corridor Connection

12/2/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

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, few wildlife advocates had the foresight to see that these […] Read more >

wild turkey, pilgrims, thanksgiving

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

11/18/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

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 a lot of useful advice on farming—to join them. According to […] Read more >

Bison bulls establish a hierarchy in Yellowstone National Park in a photo by J.L. Wooden

Passenger Pigeons, Bison and Global Warming

11/15/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

It was probably the most astonishing wildlife spectacle in all of American history—the migration of the passenger pigeon, a bird larger than the mourning dove, with a bluish back and a rosy breast—the most common bird on the continent in […] Read more >

Dolly Sods National Wilderness Area in West Virginia by Sharon Dalton

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

10/26/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

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 are just perspectives from a particular view point that bespeak […] Read more >

Moonrise near Homer Alaska by Doug Kaufman

What They’ve Said: Meditations on Nature

10/21/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

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 these observations are inspirational; many are just perspectives from a […] Read more >

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

Will Global Warming Doom the Pacific Walrus?

10/14/2010 // By Roger Di Silvestro

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 story of a young Pacific walrus’s Arctic travels with his […] Read more >