Written by Matt Miller | October 25th, 2010
He was walking by himself in a place called Hells Canyon. Then he heard a terrifying sound. He looked down and saw his foot about to land on a …
Written by Matt Miller | April 5th, 2010
It’s fashionable now for conservationists to diss naturalists as caring about wildlife more than people. Time to give that contempt a rethink, says the Conservancy’s Matt Miller.
Written by Matt Miller | January 18th, 2010
A pygmy hippo — a native of Africa — shot in Australia? The Nature Conservancy’s Matt Miller says it’s true — and an example of a brave new world.
Written by Matt Miller | December 22nd, 2009
Sometimes nature is ugly, annoying or even scary, writes Matt Miller. Isn’t it wrong for conservationists to cover that up?
Written by Matt Miller | November 23rd, 2009
Imagine sitting down to a Thanksgiving dinner in a world without wild turkeys. It’s hard to conceive—if you live in the United States, chances are you’re just a short distance away from a large population of these birds. They roam forests, wood lots, farm fields and prairies from Maine to Florida, from New Jersey to […]
Written by Matt Miller | November 4th, 2009
Ecotourism is often presented as the savior for wildlife and wild places — providing local communities with financial incentives to preserve nature while also reducing poaching and development pressure. But, lately, others question whether rich Westerners jetting around the world really help much at all: They disturb animals, create demands for new development and only […]
Written by Matt Miller | September 17th, 2009
Hate mail, angry community meetings, hyperbolic letters to the editor. No, not health care reform: Wolf hunting. Here in Idaho, it seems, the wolf hunting season — which opened earlier this month — has pushed all other news aside. Many environmentalists are mad as hell that wolf management has been turned over to the states […]
Written by Matt Miller | September 8th, 2009
When faced with invasive, non-native weeds on the range, the first response for many conservationists is to load up a backpack sprayer full of pesticides. Spraying chemicals toxic to wildlife and people — under the auspices of protecting wildlife and people — is often portrayed as a necessary evil if we want to stop the […]
Written by Matt Miller | August 10th, 2009
500,000 sandhill cranes roosting along the Platte River. One million wildebeests migrating across the Serengeti plains. Ten million bats emerging from a Texas cave. Literally uncountable masses of mayflies hatching along a beautiful spring creek. Perhaps nothing captures a naturalist’s imagination quite like the world’s great herds, flocks and swarms. There’s something beyond words when […]