National Wildlife Magazine

Getting Dirty for Good Health

THERE’S A FOREST NOT FAR FROM MY HOME where I like to take my kids. They swing on vines, balance on fallen trees and turn rocks. They look, prod and then gather or catch much of what they find. When they’re done, we all sit down in a patch of grass on top of a hill and […]

January 6th, 2014|National Wildlife Magazine|

Confessions of a Stone Turner

DIRT BOILS WITH LIFE. Roots, nematodes, ants, termites, worms, moles, voles and snakes tunnel underground. They search one another out in the dark, chasing mates and food by touch and scent. This subterranean world is nearly invisible to us. We see it in glimpses: A mole falls out of a clay bank and we pick it up in the road, or we dig a hole and watch as unearthed insects scramble to disappear. […]

January 16th, 2011|National Wildlife Magazine|

The Quokka Chronicles

It was nearly 200 years after Christopher Columbus voyaged to America that the first Europeans “discovered” Australia. On maps, the continent was marked only by a thin line, a smudge of unknown at the south end of the Earth believed to harbor mysterious creatures such as troglodytes and mermaids. Willem De Vlamingh, one of the first European explorers to reach Australia’s shores, did not find any mermaids. But on an island just off the continent’s west coast, the Dutchman did encounter an animal, now called the quokka, nearly as unusual. […]

April 2nd, 2007|National Wildlife Magazine|