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Mark Seth Lender Field Notes

Field Note: Crab-Eater Seals Take a Break
Published: July 24, 2020

Living on Earth's Mark Seth Lender shares a brief reflection about the crab-eater seals he observed enjoying a well-deserved rest.

Field Note: Eye Contact with a Wild Elephant
Published: June 26, 2020

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender reflects on an unprecedented, bewildering encounter with a wild elephant.

Field Note: The Farmer The Grain The Miller The Sea
Published: May 6, 2020

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender, takes a moment to reflect on seeing the food chain of the Atlantic Ocean at work.

Field Note: Sap-Iens: Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers
Published: May 3, 2020

Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender expands on his observations of yellow-bellied sapsucker parents making a comfortable home for their young.

Field Note: Barren-Ground Caribou
Published: January 4, 2020

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender shares reflections on the warming Arctic, oil and gas development there, and the impacts on caribou and the Inuit people.

Field Note: Winter Wolves on the Move
Published: November 22, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender describes the necropsy of an elk taken down by Yellowstone wolves, and remarks on how predation has changed the landscape and inhabitants of the iconic National Park.

Field Note: Good Housekeeping
Published: November 15, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender contemplates a seemingly human gesture made by two Gentoo penguins as they test out promising nesting sites.

Field Note: Arctic Fox Hunting
Published: October 18, 2019

Living on Earth’s Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender reflects on his experience of watching an Arctic fox on the hunt.

Field Note: Pronghorn Antelope
Published: September 13, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender remarks on the ramifications of relative size when it comes to staying warm in cold climes -- and staying cool in the presence of an intimidating animal.

Field Note: Monarch Migration
Published: July 26, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender muses on the multi-generational migrations of monarch butterflies and on their remarkable return after a hurricane.

Field Note: Camels at the Henbury Craters
Published: July 18, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender, comments on the relatively minimal habitat needed to support the dwindling populations of non-native dromedary camels now living in Australia.

Field Note: Get the Lead Out!
Published: May 31, 2019

Living on Earth’s Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender muses on an encounter with one of Earth’s most impressive birds: the California Condor.

Field Note: Leopard Seal Says Hello
Published: May 15, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender was astounded when a huge leopard seal swam right up to his small Zodiac boat on a trip to Antarctica. He muses on the rare close encounter.

Field Note: Fearsome Bull Elephant Musth
Published: April 12, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender reflects on witnessing a bull elephant when he comes into musth, and becomes a force of nature that demands respect.

Field Note: Baboon, "The Observer"
Published: March 22, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender reflects on the exercise of trying to see the world through the watchful eyes of a species not unlike our own: the baboon.

Field Note: A Great Egret's Mating Dance
Published: March 1, 2019

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender remarks on the scene that inspired his essay about a Great Egret's mating dance.

Field Note: Climate and the Majestic Gyrfalcon
Published: January 28, 2019

"In the Arctic, there is no such thing as bad luck when it comes to good stories," writes Living on Earth's Explorer In Residence, Mark Seth Lender. In this Field Note he explains why a series of unfortunate events on a recent trip turned out to be a blessing that brought a rare gyrfalcon sighting, the inspiration for an essay.

Field Note: Red-Tailed Hunter
Published: November 2, 2018

Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender shares this field note with his thoughts on the predatory habits and special adaptations that make a Red-Tailed hawk a skilled and stealthy hunter.

Field Note: Night Moves
Published: October 12, 2018

Our Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender elaborates on the huffing sound African lions make, as depicted in his essay "Night Moves", and on how alternative forms of communication can contribute to a social group's success.

Field Note: Walrus Changes His Mind
Published: October 5, 2018

Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender reflects on the risks of photographing an imposing -- and approaching -- walrus in Svalbard, Norway.

What the Osprey Overheard
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Published: July 19, 2018

As new osprey parents feed and care for their young, even the faintest of sounds – like a distant plane – seem a threat to the youngsters. Living on Earth’s resident explorer Mark Seth Lender watches as the ospreys keep a watchful eye, and ear, on their surroundings, and muses on how loud our anthropogenic world must be to them.

Field Note: Fishing Line Endangers Birds
Published: July 5, 2018

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence, Mark Seth Lender, reflects on his tangle with a tern and fishing line on the 4th of July.

Field Note: Eagles At Play
Published: April 13, 2018

In this field note, Living on Earth’s Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender remarks on the powerful hold the American Bald Eagle has on our collective awe, and on how severely we have decimated their numbers in the centuries since Europeans landed on North America’s shores.

Field Note: Stealing Dirt
Published: March 23, 2018

Living on Earth's Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender reflects on the overcrowding of a gentoo penguin colony on Carcass Island, of the Falkland Islands.

Field Note: Sea Lions at Play
Published: February 23, 2018

Living on Earth's explorer-in-residence Mark Seth Lender writes on the impact of a changing climate and warming seas on California sea lions.

Pelicans at Pismo Beach Field Note
Published: January 24, 2018

Living on Earth's Explorer in Residence Mark Seth Lender muses on the unlikely grace of the pelican, and their surprisingly crafty nature.

Snapping Turtle: Mark Seth Lender
Published: December 30, 2017

Living on Earth's Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender sometimes explores his own corner of Connecticut. Walking on the bank of the Waterhouse Brook, he happened by the nest of a Snapping Turtle, just as the hatchlings were scrambling out of the soft soil to face the perils and opportunities of life.

Field Note: Fish Dinner
Published: December 8, 2017

Living on Earth Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender shares a brief field note on his story from the Sea of Cortez, "Fish Dinner."

Field Note: Big White Dog Wants to Play!
Published: October 31, 2017

Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender describes how plastic is common even in the Arctic, where he met a playful polar bear.

Field Notes on the Cheetah's Need for Open Space
Published: October 31, 2017

Living on Earth's Explorer-in-Residence Mark Seth Lender shares his thoughts on the Cheetah's need for open space.

Close Encounter with a Tabular Iceberg: Mark Seth Lender
Published: October 31, 2017

Living on Earth's Resident Explorer Mark Seth Lender describes an encounter with a tabular iceberg similar (though much smaller) to the one that recently broke off of the Larsen C ice sheet.


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