Wild Watch

Birds' heaven and hell

Aug 20, 2008 It is August already, and it’s a matter of life and death for certain seabirds. While southern species will already have run the gauntlet of the gulls, in the north it’s happening now. ...

Lives and a death

Jul 16, 2008 CHUKOTKA, Russia — This month, instead of writing this column as usual at my desk in Hokkaido, I am writing from a desk on board the Clipper Odyssey as we cross the Gulf of Anadyr in Russia’s far northeastern Chukotka region. Our voyage began at Otaru, Hokkaido, and we have taken in southern Sakhalin, the Kurile Islands, Kamchatka and the coast...

Aloft with ospreys, ultimate Fisher Kings

Jun 18, 2008 There is a moment of commitment; a glint of scales just beneath the water’s surface is perhaps the trigger. As the bright-yellow eyes register the rippled light patterns, the brain is already identifying them as potential food, computing distance, assessing direction, considering depth. ...

A nature sanctuary for the ages

May 21, 2008 Regular readers know that my usual sphere is the biosphere and that I typically pursue wildlife in the wilds. Occasionally, though, one should step beyond home turf and try dipping a toe into a new stream of consciousness. ...

Omissions and risky commissions

Apr 16, 2008 SPECIES LEFT OUT; SPECIES BROUGHT IN...

Egrets' epitome of elegance

Mar 19, 2008 BIRDS OF A FEATHER...

Snow season's not what it was . . .

Jan 16, 2008 WINTERS ON THE WANE...

There's no time like snow time!

Dec 19, 2007 As much as I enjoy the rich biodiversity of the Tropics — as anyone who read my column here last month on the wildlife of Brazil will know — my favorite season is winter. ...

Biodiversity to take your breath away

Nov 21, 2007 I promised that I would write more about my recent visit to South America, and as the first snows are now regularly dusting the mountains on view from my window here in Hokkaido — and even coating my balcony — it’s hard not to reflect on times spent in warmer climes. ...

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