I had a great time talking with Ashley Piccone from Wyoming Public Radio about the importance of word choice in science communication. Meaning is shaped at multiple levels within the communication process, even in the definitions of single commonly-used words. Being more attentive to word choice helps us think more deeply about how we can prevent misunderstandings, build trust, and meaningfully connect with people.
“To be effective communicators we must have a deeper appreciation for how language and ideas are reshaped in context”
Read the full article on the importance of word choice in science communication in Issue 102 of Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America.
This October, my partner and I had a few days of particularly good birding in southeast Arizona. Parker wrote up a trip report of his blog, Birds Make Sound. His post also features some of my photos from the trip.
Earlier this spring, I went birding with Nick Minor, Ted Floyd, and Hannah Floyd at the Wyoming Hereford Ranch in Laramie County, Wyoming. Ted, who is the longtime Editor of Birding magazine, wrote about it in his column How to Know the Birds.
New words up today on Essay Daily!
…I had been working on an essay about fragments: fragments of bone, fragments of light, and what the space between these fragments can embody. I’m learning to pay attention to these spaces. A lot can happen in the subtext, in the distance between things, in the space of what is left out, in the time between December 21st and March 16th…
Two poems up now in the latest issue of Minding Nature, a publication from the Center for Humans & Nature.
LUNAR ECLIPSE OFF EXIT 88
Somewhere in Oklahoma,
speeding through scrubby darkness,
we pulled off the highway on Exit 88…
WHAT GOULD’S MAGPIE HAS STOLEN
For its feathers, the prism of light
that broke its blacks into iridescence…
Published this week in the lovely Winter issue of Hawk & Whippoorwill
…Because I could descend
in the chasm of dissolution
between the layers of sandstone
to where life is pressed like petals,
I began to sense the land’ s lungs
beneath the soil, see the hardness of the desert
and understand that here,
life is not to be presumed…
Two pieces featured in the Artwork section of The Fourth River, Issue 0.5:
Published today in Issue 6 of Sky Island Journal
My first gasp was over the wide Sheepscot River,
mama panting in the speeding car,
holding me in…
Published this month in Entropy‘s “The Birds” series
ODE TO A ROCK DOVE
…And of course it was a pigeon—
dirty dirty bird—
what they will,
you wish the authorities
would restore its name to dove…
Published in the Spring/Summer issue of the Aurorean
Among high ponderosas in Arizona,
I remember Maine’s white pines—
how after climbing them,
their clear sap drew pieces of that homeland
straight into my hands….
Read the full poem by subscribing/ordering from the Aurorean.