Field Notes: Naturalist – Adirondack Reflection

It's been a few weeks since I've returned from the Adirondacks. While my arrival home was certainly welcome, the trip provided me with a sense of rejuvenation and clarity I had not felt for some time. There's nothing like sleeping in your own den, but I'd be lying if I said my body didn't long [...]

Homebrew: Tea – “Purple Floral-Berry Elixir”

TYPE: HERBAL TEA. HERBS: OAT TOPS, VIOLET LEAVES, BLACKBERRY LEAVES, LINDEN FLOWER. USES: CALMING, ANTI-ANXIETY, NUTRITIVE, RESTORATIVE. I find that teas are a great way to satisfy cravings my body may have for certain vitamins and minerals, as well as a great way to unwind. Most of the blends I experiment with are an effort [...]

Field Notes: Adirondack Wildlife Refuge

I am not a fan of keeping wild animals in captivity - however, I think that wildlife sanctuaries do an invaluable service to us humans, and we are lucky to have them around. After all, if not for them, how else would most people get to know and appreciate the creatures we share our backyards [...]

Flora & Fauna: Coyotes

If you thought an urban landscape couldn't support these wild canines, think again. Coyotes (Canis latrans) are above all, intelligent - after all, they've long had to share habitats with predators bigger and more powerful than them, If you haven't seen Coyotes in your neighborhood it doesn't mean they're not there - it just means [...]

Flora & Fauna: Common Backyard Herbs

There are plenty of plants you probably pass right by on your walk to work that are edible, medicinal and best of all - easy to identify. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) This plant is both edible and highly medicinal - just about every part of it. The flowers are delicious when battered and fried, and you [...]

Field Notes: A Simple Approach to Herbalism

While most herbal remedies are a combination of different plants, the simple approach is something everyone who uses herbs should be familiar with. The other day when I was at the herb shop I apprentice at, a woman walked in looking for a specific herb to treat her lyme disease. It was something quite rare [...]