Next-Door Nature

tales from a wild metropolis


Reptiles and Amphibians


Double, double, toil and trouble, Fire burn, and cauldron bubble, Fillet of a fenny snake,  In the caldron boil and bake,  Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,  Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,... Continue Reading →


Fifty years ago, Rachel Carson asked the world to consider a simple question: imagine springtime without birdsong. Silent Spring addressed an unlikely subject for what was to become a best-selling book—the effect of DDT and other pesticides that persist in... Continue Reading →

Stick in the Mud

The holidays are well behind us now. Shorter days and Jack Frost nipping at your nose have lost their novelty. It’s the start of a more serious season, filled with snowplows, tire chains, and 10-pound sacks of litter that will... Continue Reading →

Froggy Goes A-Courtin’

My mole Tboy (that’s spy, not insectivore) tells me Valentine’s Day has had its intended effect on the wood frog population in southwestern Virginia. On February 18th the first early-bird male appeared at a nearby pond, floating patiently and quietly.... Continue Reading →

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