Spicebush by Katie Finch

Spicebush by Katie Finch

Spicebush is a non-descript plant. There seems to be very little that makes it stand out when you first look at it. It is a medium-sized shrub. The leaves are an oval shape with smooth edges. They are an average green color and blend in with other, similar, green...
Peace, Mud, and Swarms of Students by Jeff Tome

Peace, Mud, and Swarms of Students by Jeff Tome

Peace and mud surround me as I stand in the middle of Audubon’s Big Pond. A Northern Harrier, also known as a Marsh Hawk, dips and glides over the cattails. Rails call like monkeys from the reeds. The water and mud come up to my thighs as we walk, plop, and sink...
Landscape Stories by Sarah Hatfield

Landscape Stories by Sarah Hatfield

When I drive back and forth to my parent’s house in North East, I pass an old homestead on the ridge. Now, all that remains are old trees, roughly in the shape of a square. When I was growing up there, a house and barn were part of the footprint. Now the trees stand...
The Moment I Knew by Margaret Foley

The Moment I Knew by Margaret Foley

There are some people that can remember the exact moment they knew what they were going to do with the rest their life. Me, I think I’m one of those people. I remember the exact moment I knew I was meant to be a naturalist. Growing up my sister, Clare, and I spent a...