New research tools help scientists measure stress in wildlife before their populations plummet. Originally published in National Wildlife JUST BEFORE SUNRISE, LOUIS HUNNINCK woke up at a research center in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. He climbed into an off-road vehicle, joined by an assistant, and rode through the scrubby equatorial landscape until they saw a group […]
Two of a Kind (on same-sex behavior) Stress Test (on measuring stress hormones in conservation research) Room to Roam? (on wildlife during the pandemic) Hope Rising (on the Endangered Species Act) Going the Distance (on bird migration) A Plague of Plastics Power Play (on sexual harassment among wildlife) When Animals Grieve Going Native (on the […]
Chronological order, oldest to newest. The Vanishing Act (Food & Environment Reporting Network, August 2019) After years of burying complaints about hog-farm pollution, North Carolina officials began posting them online. What changed? (Also published in The Guardian and McClatchy North Carolina papers.) Raising a Stink (Food & Environment Reporting Network, December 2019) Rural North Carolinians sued the world’s largest hog producer over […]
In the 1920s and ’30s, cattle were put on trial, then convicted and executed, for being genetically impure. The human eugenics movement was on the rise too. Originally published in Duke Magazine. THE DEFENDANT’S NAME WAS MR. SCRUBB BULL. He entered Magistrate James McElroy Jameson’s makeshift courtroom in Pickens County, South Carolina, walking on four […]
The pandemic has offered scientists an opportunity to study how slowdowns in human activity impact wildlife. Originally published in National Wildlife. Click here for a PDF of the magazine pages. WHEN THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS first caged us into our homes, some of the sweetest relief came from images of wildlife taking over our streets. The internet […]
Click here for “Judge declares much of N.C. ag-gag law unconstitutional,” Food & Environment Reporting Network, June 2020.
The hard work of humans—and nature’s resilience—can help even the most endangered species climb back from the abyss. Originally published in National Wildlife. For a PDF of the magazine pages, click here. LAST DECEMBER BROUGHT A RARE FLASH of celebratory news: The Guam rail, a ground-nesting bird from the United States’ westernmost territory, came off a global […]
Aided by new technology, scientists gain insight into long-distance bird migrations—and explore a growing list of threats the animals face along the way. Originally published in National Wildlife. For a PDF of the page layout, click here. JUST BEFORE AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS blew into Turkey’s Aras River Valley on a humid day in 2014, Joshua Horns held a great […]
Please click here to be directed to “For years, complaints about North Carolina’s hog pollution vanished in state bureaucracy,” Food & Environment Reporting Network, August 2019. You will be taken to FERN’s web site.
From the Arctic to Antarctica, ocean debris is killing marine wildlife—but we still have the power to stop plastic pollution. Originally published in National Wildlife. MARCUS ERIKSEN was sitting in a foxhole in Kuwait in 1991 when he hatched a plan that guided the rest of his life. Hunkered down in the sand, surrounded by burning […]