Snippets from books by Patrick Barkham, a renowned nature and travel writer from the UK
Here’s seven lovely stories for kids from 1 to 92 to inspire you to get outside in the frosty air.
These are excerpts from some field notes I discovered from when I was studying abroad in San Jose, Costa Rica — Jan. 1993 A boy walked in. Bertalia introduced Ronald to me. I asked her if he is her son. She said no — he is only a friend. I asked her if she has […]
One of my colleagues in my Nature and Travel Writing program just published an article on Starling murmurations. Check this lovely writing out by Jacqui Hitt: Nature’s Most Spectacular Sight
I was a part of the Latin American studies program, studying as an international student for second semester beginning in January of 1993. My host mother greeted me. She was a “morena”, tanned and brunette, and her face carried the placid gaze and the high cheekbones characteristic of her native ancestors. She was tall in […]
Here, they are hated. Resented for their aggressiveness and abundance. Introduced in 1890 by someone who was trying to bring every bird species mentioned in Shakespeare to America. Wow. Those 80 starlings have grown to more than 200 million. Often, starlings will lay their eggs in other birds’ nests. And, of course, the starling will […]
What if Americans would vote on their favorite book about nature?
I have just edited some field notes I found from 20-some years back when I went to live in Costa Rica for a semester in a study abroad program. My oldest daughter, Elsa, just returned from Ecuador from her semester abroad and it made me curious to look at my old journals. Here is my […]
A friend of mine told me about a mouse who lives in the Sonoran desert and, of all its strange characteristics, howls. For some reason, this replayed itself as I walked this evening in the moonlight. I wondered why it howls? Why do nocturnal creatures howl? Howling. Moon. Scientists will come up with reasons like […]
He scatters the frost like ashes — Psalm 147:16 The first day of winter has passed. The descent is complete. Baptized into the darkness, creation emerges ready for the light to invade, gradually. Each day, the sun will shine a little longer. Winter is a time of waiting. The seeds rest in their hulls. The […]
Meet the Gerhardt family — a pair of wildlife biologists who brought their kids up in a unique way, by bringing them up in the field. Nate Gerhardt is a Central Oregon filmmaker. Check out more of his work here: https://vimeo.com/user13176434