Cheryl Lyn Dybas

Sushi Roulette: Is the Fish You Ordered the One You Got?

Did you get the fish you ordered? In some sushi restaurants, it’s a flip of the coin. (Photograph: Wikimedia Commons/Tomek Strabski) Have plans this summer to visit your favorite sushi restaurant? You might order spicy tuna roll. Or ...

The Owls of Winter: Ghosts of the Grasslands Appear at Twilight

At twilight in winter, short-eared owls appear over grasslands across the U.S. (Photograph: USFWS) They emerge at twilight, the magical time when rarely seen creatures come out of the shadows. In the balmy air of an unseasonably warm February ...

Wolf – Caribou Detente? Clues Hidden on Lake Superior Islands

A woodland caribou peers through spruce trees on Lake Superior’s Slate Islands. (Photograph: Andrew Silver) Qalipu, it’s called by Canada’s Mi’kmaq people. To others, it’s the elusive gray ghost of the far northern forest. Most ...

No Ice in Sight: Polar Bears Scrabble Onshore to Find Food

On June 4, 1773, English naval officers were dispatched on an expedition to the Arctic. Their goal was to locate a passage from the British Isles to the Pacific Ocean. Instead, on ice floes near Spitsbergen (Svalbard), Norway, they found polar bears. ...