Matthew Dickerson: Wild birds part of wastewater solution

One of numerous sad stories of environmental devastation in Florida has been its many efforts spanning well over a century to drain its wonderful wetlands, including even the famed Everglades. So it’s encouraging to hear stories of creative problem-solving, healing and restoration.

Matthew Dickerson: A fisher sees the wonder of native fish

It was only my second cast of the day: a little weighted nymph imitating a mayfly larva that I drifted along the bottom of a thigh-deep hole.

Matthew Dickerson: Boosting native plants to promote nature’s lifecycle

A year and a half ago, my wife, Deborah, bought an Extractigator. What on earth is an Extractigator? The short answer is that it’s a device for yanking plants (think shrubs or small trees) out of the ground, roots and all.

Matthew Dickerson: Let’s consider spawning salmon and hydropower without a dam

The phrase “wicked problems” has been around since at least the early 1970s. It refers to challenges that typically have no correct solution, but only different options of tradeoffs and costs: problems for which any proposed solution will have likely nega … (read more)

Matthew Dickerson: Vermont offers opportunities to see swimmers and creepy crawlies

Earlier this week, my wife and I took our two-year-old grandson B to the ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain to see some fishes and turtles and frogs and snakes.

Matthew Dickerson: Monkton woman teaches Vt. youths to x-country ski

It was early January 2018, a year we actually had winter. Our Christmas present to our three sons that year was taking them and their significant others on a three-day, two-night, lodge-to-lodge cross-country ski trip at the Appalachian Mountain Club prop … (read more)

Dickerson creates stories inside and outside the classroom

There aren’t a lot of similarities between Matthew Dickerson’s work as a computer science professor at Middlebury College and his literary endeavors as a published author. 

Matthew Dickerson: Eruption created awe

Vermonters may have woken up on June 6, 1912, thinking it was a normal day.

Matthew Dickerson: Winter walking in western Maine

There is something magical about sitting atop a ledge looking out over a lake, river, canyon or even just a swath of undeveloped landscape.

Matthew Dickerson: Reflections for a new year

“People learn best when information enters through their peripheral vision, out of the corner of their eye … through stories.” 

Matthew Dickerson: Looking back with hope on the past year

I will admit that it’s a bleak Monday morning. Between the rain and the low clouds, I can barely see the hills a half mile from my house. The nearby cornfield looks like one vast puddle.

Matthew Dickerson: Waiting in the woods, and elsewhere

For the past few weeks, I’ve been doing the sitting-in-the-woods-waiting-for-large-game-to-pass sort of waiting.

Matthew Dickerson: Thankfulness about being in the outdoors

I’ve been spending a fair bit of time in the woods lately in my annual attempt to harvest local free-range, antibiotic-free venison.

Matthew Dickerson: River surveys suggests damage to fisheries done by floods

“It was comparable to Tropical Storm Irene. We lost a lot (though not all) of the young-of-year age class.” Austin Galinat, a fisheries scientist with Vermont Fish and Wildlife, was giving me an overview of some of the results of the late summer and early … (read more)

Matthew Dickerson: Black bears and peregrine falcons mark the return of ubiquitous generalists

The number of bears I have seen this year — and seen evidence of around my house — gives testimony to our vibrant and growing black bear population.