The seabirds of summer

It’s hard to believe that three years have passed since I spent two weeks in Bar Harbor, Maine as part of the Johns Hopkins Summer Conference on Craft. As a kid, I was always thrilled to get out of school each June to play outside. But as a grownup who never gets her summers off, going to summer school as part of my graduate program in nonfiction writing was actually the best way to spend some real time outside. There, science writing program coordinator Melissa Joyce arranged awesome field trips Read more [...]
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Success story or fluke? The forest lion of Gabon

It was hard not to feel excited when the video footage landed in my inbox a few weeks ago. Researchers studying chimpanzees in the forests of Gabon’s Batéké Plateau National Park had captured footage of a solitary male lion on a remote camera - the first lion spotted in Gabon in 20 years. The national park was fairly young, established in 2002 as one of 13 new parks designated in Gabon that year. Hunting had decimated wildlife on the plateau in previous decades, and when biologist Philip Henschel Read more [...]
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