The McKenzie River’s half in shade, half molten silver and today, in the shallow water, a single salmon, has made it back to where she began, her scintillant body that moves Continue reading


A Dangerous Game of Chicken

IF FUTURE HUMANS WERE TO GUESS which animal we most revered, depended upon, and loved, it would not be our cat and canine companions, noble horses, or overworked cows. It would Continue reading

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Messengers from the Past

Priyanka Kumar’s “Messengers from the Past” is excerpted from Conversations with Birds. I. THE CROWN JEWEL OF OUR National Wildlife Refuge System, the Bosque del Apache, has been my annual pilgrimage Continue reading


Kinship Is a Verb

In thinking about kinship, it’s important to begin with: What are the boundaries of our kin?

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