A cicada on a tree trunk
Rob Kanter
July 23, 2015

Annual cicadas enliven dog days with love song

Even if the summer heat has limited your time outdoors, I bet you’re still hearing a familiar insect song. It’s the mating call of dog day cicadas, loud enough to rise above the drone of air conditioners and so persistent and widespread that it's almost unmissable


Rob Kanter holding a small garter snake
Photo by Rob Kanter
July 16, 2015

A love of life—even snakes

Thanks to a friend who’s more observant than me, I recently discovered a new species of reptile in my own backyard, a plains garter snake. Maybe I should clarify by saying I mean the plains garter snake was “new” to me, not new to science or the wider world.