Yellow-pine Chipmunk, Central Oregon

Little Stripy Guys


WC is again taking heat from readers for being avian-centric. WC could point out that birds are what he does. WC could plead that birds are the only taxonomic area in which he is even marginally competent. But instead, here’s a sampler of mammals, specifically a set of rodents, that have wandered in front of…

Watching the North Magnetic Pole Wander (Credit:National Center for Environmental Information, NOAAA)

Magnetic North Is Sprinting Away


This nifty animated GIF shows movement of the magnetic north pole, the bigger green dot, from 1965 to present. You’ll notice two things immediately: (1) it has moved a long ways over that interval, and (2) the rate of movement has accelerated in the most recent time. A recent survey by a Canadian–French international collaboration…

Yellowpine Pit, East Fork of the South Fork of the Salmon River, Idaho

Compromise and Environmentalism


WC is an admitted, unapologetic conservationist and environmentalist. For most of his adult life he has been actively involved in conservation organizations. As a contributor, as a lawyer, as a member and even as a member of boards of directors. WC understands the issues and challenges conservation organizations face pretty well. And the recurring issue,…