News and Explainers
BeerSci: What's The Connection Between Hops And Marijuana?
Explainer on a question for the ages. Part of a series of service journalism and explainers on brewing science. In no surprise, stories about the science of beer and weed were generally pretty popular.
Want to Make Your Kids More Adventurous? Take Them Birding
This one was a collaboration with the editors at Fatherly as part of a series of stories about getting your kids to enjoy the outdoors. Yes, I use these techniques on my nieces and nephews.
What's Up With the Greater Sage-Grouse?
Straight-up explainer on all things Greater Sage-Grouse. Working for Audubon, I write about this fabulous bird a lot.
Proposed Wyoming Bill Allowing Sage-Grouse Captive Rearing Is Deeply Flawed
News story covering a now-passed bill in the Wyoming legislature that makes it legal to captive-breed sage-grouse, despite the fact that the science shows that this is nearly impossible and will probably harm the bird.
Case History: The Long and Torturous Tale of How a Style Guide Came To Be
This was a hoot to write, even though I ended up on the losing side of the argument whether or not Audubon and Audubon.org would adopt AOU capitalization rules for bird names, flouting decades of copyediting wisdom and my own feelings that caps are fussy and unnecessary. The companion piece, Case Sensitive by Mark Jannot, bestowed upon me a nickname has still makes me laugh: The Voice of Outraged Integrity.
In Chicago, Controlled Fires Are Helping to Restore Crucial Bird Habitat
News story where writer Susan Cosier traveled to the southside of Chicago to see how flames could bring back a derelict wetland
Pulses of Water Bring Life to the Famished Colorado River
Explainer on the preliminary results of a "pulse-flow" of water through the parched Colorado River delta in Mexico.
Tracking Kestrels One Feather at a Time
News story on the efforts to track American Kestrels, not with bands, but via the DNA found in molted feathers.
Data Visualization and One-pagers
Please go here to see a gallery of visual narratives that I’ve commissioned and edited.