Coast Range


A Collection from the Pacific Edge From Counterpoint Press. Named a finalist for the 2017 John Burroughs Medal for natural history writing. Available by way of Indiebound, Amazon, or your local […]

Red Bull for the Creek


Originally published as “To Save the Rivers and the Woods, Try Hurling a Few Dead Fish” by Mother Jones, August 9, 2017.  One cool September day, I […]

Some Phases of Annie Dillard’s “Total Eclipse”


My reading of Dillard’s classic essay, published by Essay Daily on August 19, 2017, just in time for the Great American Eclipse. (The featured photo is […]

Cross-country: The Discovery, and Probable Disappearance, of North America’s Newest Bird

Cassia crossbill

Published as “The West’s newest bird species has a beak like a crowbar” in High Country News on July 12. 2017.  At 6:30 one morning […]

Into the Falls

From the “Underworlds” issue of Territory (Summer 2017), a new literary project about maps and other curious objects. I find myself loitering on the Main Street Bridge […]

The Afterlife

Pouring on salt

From Kenyon Review, July/August 2016. A salmon’s second journey begins with its “collection.” At the Cole M. Rivers Hatchery north of Medford, Oregon, the crowder […]

Still Hunt

Panther and Cubs by Edward Kemeys

From the Spring 2016 issue of The Georgia Review. Excerpt plus link below. The American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art has an airy, skylit […]



From Passages North Issue 37, Spring 2016. Excerpt below. Lift this cup and drink the scent of apricot and mud. Of wet California winters in the […]

Why Write About Animals

Lascaux Cave

A post from Essay Daily, October 29, 2015. I pose the question, taking my cue and much else from John Berger’s seminal, mildly elliptical essay […]

Discovering Anna

L Anna

From The Southern Review 51.1, Winter 2015. Listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2016 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016. Excerpt […]

The Book of Agate


From Ninth Letter 11.2, Fall/Winter 2014-2015. Winner of the 2014 Ninth Letter Award in Creative Nonfiction and the 2015 John Burroughs Nature Essay Award. Excerpt […]

Slow Flame

From The Harvard Review

From The Harvard Review Online, April 2014. Listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2015 and The Best American Science and Nature […]

The Edge Effect

From The Missouri Review

Surfing with Peregrine Falcons in La Jolla. From The Missouri Review 36.4, Winter 2013. Listed as a notable essay in The Best American Science and […]