Thursday, August 22, 2013

Introducing Emily Heistand

Our first essay from City Wilds will be Emily Heistand's Zip-A-Dee-Do-Dah.  Before we jump into her writing, however, we'd like to first introduce Emily:  born in Chicago, she and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts where she is Orion magazine's editor-at-large.  Her poetry has won numerous awards, and she is a self-described environmentalist who believes that the language we use to relate to our natural environment shapes our relationship to it, and in particular, the kind of natural resource ethic we're able to create.

Join us beginning on August 26 to share your impressions of this six-page piece about urban nature.


HannahRyan said...

Hi! I'm excited to learn more about this.

AnnaMharris said...

Quick - how many medium-sized, green, wild birds have you seen flying around your neighborhood recently?

If your answer is zero, don't worry - Except for hummingbirds, true green birds of any size are uncommon in the United States.

By far the most colorful of the North American jays, the green jay is often high on the list for beginning birders. As brightly colored as they are, these birds can be surprisingly hard to see.

Jays, crows and ravens are corvids, widely known as intelligent birds that live all over the United States. The jays come in many colors, and can be common in many different habitats, from remote wilderness areas to backyard feeders.

Several National Wildlife Refuges provide good habitat for green jays are common. They often visit feeders in fall and winter. While nothing can be guaranteed in the world of bird watching, these Texas refuges offer good chances to observe and hear green jays:

Laguna Atascosa NWR
Santa Ana NWR
Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR

Visit these refuge Web sites for more information, and consider calling ahead to plan the best time to see green jays.