Published April 21, 2015

What People Talk About When They Talk About Sage Grouse

Deciphering the future for the most controversial bird since the spotted owl.

The greater sage grouse is a chicken-like inhabitant of the American prairie and the most controversial bird since the spotted owl. On its future hangs the future of the Endangered Species Act.
Eric Simons
Published November 6, 2014

Hung Out to Dry

Could California's Drought be the "New Normal"?

<p class="p1"> California is in the midst of its most severe drought in recorded history. Scientists are seizing the opportunity to better understand how a drought of this scale impacts ecological communities, while others are searching this drought for the fingerprints of climate change. Could California's drought be the new normal?</p>
Published July 5, 2014

The Clapper Rail Calls at Dawn

A story about weird birds, supersensory perception, existential math, and the quest to make sense of nature

<p> <span style="font-size: 19px">Counting is fundamental to our understanding of the world around us. But when it comes to counting the endangered California clapper rail, our counts can lie to us. A story about weird birds, hardy biologists, and the difficult methods we employ to move past what our eyes and ears tell us and see something like the truth.</span></p>