Category: Ecological Values

Buried Treasure: Taking Farm Sustainability to a New Level

Buried Treasure: Taking Farm Sustainability to a New Level

“We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot,” Leonardo da Vinci is said to have observed roughly five centuries ago. Sadly, that statement still holds, according to geologist...

Making Peace with Insects

Making Peace with Insects

Until this year, June was arguably my favorite month – with its luxuriously long days, beach time, succulent strawberries and delectable snap peas. But this June brought trench warfare, forcing me to combat squadrons...

Speaking of Climate

Speaking of Climate

“It’s not climate change – it’s everything change.” – Margaret Atwood, Canadian novelist and poet, in a 2015 essay Rapid. Far-reaching. Unprecedented. When international scientists wrote last fall in a U.N. report of the...

Facing a Reckoning

Facing a Reckoning

Ironies, like onions, come in layers and can make you cry. As I stared at a graphic showing an outline of Maine symbolically shifting down the East Coast (see bottom figure), I had an...

Taking a Bird’s-eye View

Taking a Bird’s-eye View

On Mother’s Day, I received a surprise gift. In the peach tree just outside our kitchen, an eastern bluebird and Baltimore oriole alighted simultaneously. It was approaching dusk, and the departing sun lit up...

‘We Want a Future’

‘We Want a Future’

A raw north wind and showers did not keep several hundred students from gathering at the Maine Youth Day of Action rally on Tuesday, standing resolutely outside the Statehouse with handmade signs and voicing...

Reviving the Lost Art of Looking Ahead

Reviving the Lost Art of Looking Ahead

The Guy Gannett House in Augusta is a museum now, but I still think of it as the policy percolator it once was, brewing up fresh ideas. In its days as the Maine State...

A True Climate Corridor

A True Climate Corridor

“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” — Aldo Leopold,  A Sand County Almanac Maine’s elected...