All posts in Birds, Fish & Reptiles

Sy Montgomery, author of “The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty”

Sy Montgomery—the bestselling author of 30-plus books, including “The Soul of an Octopus” and “The Good Good Pig”—discusses what prompted the exploration of raptors and falconry at the core of her new book, “The Hawk’s Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty” (adapted and expanded from a chapter in Montgomery’s 2019 collection, “Birdology.”) Read more…

Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice, author, entomologist, pigeon proponent

Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice—a North Carolina-based entomologist and author of books on ants and spiders, who, as the product of a family activity, has developed a passion for pigeons and attendant expertise—recounts the objectives propelling her to get a PhD, and noting why a career in academia was not the goal. Read more…

Danielle Hall, wildlife ecologist

Danielle Hall—a wildlife ecologist, who, drawing on her professional expertise and her longtime personal passion for animals, has stepped into an intense human-versus-animal battle that’s erupted over vultures in a Tampa neighborhood—explains what a wildlife ecologist is, and does. Read more…

Dr. Matt Johnson, professor at Humboldt State University, overseeing study involving using owls versus rodenticides

Dr. Matt Johnson—a professor at Humboldt State University, in the school’s Department of Wildlife, who’s overseeing an extended research study gauging the effectiveness of using owls, versus rodenticides, to remove rodents from nearby Napa Valley vineyards—provides an overview of Humboldt State, the focus of work undertaken in the campus’s Department of Wildlife, and some of the other research he’s conducted in his nearly 20 years at the college. Read more…

Mary Keith, an organizer of the Florida Birding and Nature Festival

Mary Keith—the field trip coordinator for the Florida Birding and Nature Festival, taking place Oct 15-17, based at the Manatee Viewing Center in Apollo Beach, Florida—recalls first becoming enchanted with birding decades ago, as the daughter of botanists, growing up in rural Pennsylvania. Read more…