Cover Photo: Canada goose (Ingrid Taylar, CCL)

[NOTE: I’ve recently change the theme for this site and am still in the process of making updates and customizations.  I’ll also be adding shorter posts, hopefully on a more regular basis than the past year or two. Your patience is greatly appreciated!]

You don’t have to travel to remote lands to enjoy nature. Just open your door and step outside.  Next-Door Nature will be your guide on a sidewalk safari, a kind of Welcome Wagon to help the humans get to know their non-human neighbors better.

You’ll find my blog posts and various archives below, and if you’d like to subscribe please scroll down the the bottom of the page.


Town Crier

My flight into Cape Town landed early last night, just before 9p. That was fine by me since, by that point, I’d been on the plane about 11.5 hours, and in transit from Blacksburg for about 31 hours.  For the next 10 days I’ll be co-leading an international field experience for some of my students …

Long Strolls

Cover Photo: Eastern gray treefrog by USFWSmidwest, CCL)

Click here to find an archive of long-form essays all the way back to the first Next-Door Nature post.

Sidewalk Zendo

Cover Photo:  Buddha shares a pumpkin (Samantha Durfee, CCL)

A new addition to NDN — short posts about attempts to be wildly mindful while walking with my wire-fox terrier and Zen master, Dash (aka Inu Roshi).

Click here to access the Archive.





Street Creatures

Cover Photo: Berlin bear (Anthony Tison, CCL) 

While searching online for photos of urban wildlife, I keep coming across photos of graffiti that features wild animals… and I started to wonder about whether this might be evidence of ecologist E.O. Wilson’s biophilia hypothesis that human beings have an innate love and need for the natural world. Maybe street artists are attempting, consciously or subconsciously, to rehabilitate an environment that appears to be devoid of wildlife and nature (but, as NDN readers know, actually isn’t).

Something to ponder, and I decided to include this singular population of urban wildlife.  I’ll feature one example of wildlife street art each week as a short blog post.  Sometimes with a comment, other times I’ll let the work speak for itself. Click here to access the archive.