By Olivia Clarke “Look!” my classmate said excitedly, pointing up into a tree in the Montgomery courtyard. “A crow!” We were on a bird-watching field trip for our urban ecology class, led by a member of the Audubon Society. Our guide had arrived in our classroom thirty minutes earlier to give us an overview of Portland’s bird species. Then he led us outside to observe … Continue reading Chirp, Chirp, Squawk: Rediscovering Nature in the City
By Olivia Clarke If I stick my head out of my apartment window, I can see that the ground is littered with discarded food: two whole onions, yellow peppers, decomposing noodles. Someone above me has been tossing this stuff out of the window all year. Each time we notice new scraps, my roommate and I look vaguely upward and shake our fists: “How irresponsible!” Next … Continue reading On Courage and the Humble Compost Pail
What if you had all the time and money to travel wherever you liked? Where would you want to go? I spend quite a lot of time daydreaming about traveling and experiencing a new culture. When I come across beautiful and extravagant scenery of various countries, I can’t help but imagine what the place would have to offer me. The knowledge and experience I would … Continue reading Where is your next destination?