Teaching Kids the Magic of Metamorphosis

Ovid opens his Metamorphoses with the line “In nova fert animus mutatas dicere formas corpora” (I intend to speak of forms changed into new entities), and that’s exactly what I intend to do today. Ovid’s metamorphoses are largely concerned with one entity changed completely into another – Diana converting Actaeon into a stag after he had the misfortune of…

Birding Spain’s Ebro Delta

You don’t go to the Ebro Delta for the beaches, although miles of sandy spits stretch out from the mouth of this massive river. You don’t go there for the historic towns and quaint villages, because there are none. Frankly, the towns of the delta, with their concrete cubes and modern holiday developments, seem rather…

The Great, Grievous Garbage Project

I spent much of the day on the roadside, picking up other people’s garbage. Now, if you happen to be a rubbish collector – which is statistically unlikely – you’re probably saying, “Yeah? So what?” If you’re not, you’re most likely snarking something along the lines of, “Treadwell’s finally gone right round the bend. Screw loose.…