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...
Clouds by Katie Finch

Clouds by Katie Finch

We talk about nature quite a bit at Audubon. But what is included in that broad category? Obviously plants and animals that live on this planet — trees and flowers, insects and birds. It could also include a whole array of non-living materials and systems that support...
Caterpillar Wrangling by Jeff Tome

Caterpillar Wrangling by Jeff Tome

The neighborhood gang of kids sat in a circle on the grass looking at a huge caterpillar. It was green, with odd bumps coming out of it. The big debate was over whether the caterpillar was good or bad. This debate ended quickly when one boy said, “bad!” and stomped on...
Flooding by Sarah Hatfield

Flooding by Sarah Hatfield

On Saturday I taught some wonderful children about nature. On Sunday I built a dam in my garden. On Monday I picked dead fish out of my yard. Sunday afternoon. We (my parents, brother and I) were playing a dice game by candlelight because the power was out. This was...