Adiran Ayres Fisher

Adrian Ayres Fisher

Adrian Ayres Fisher serves as a volunteer steward of a small forest preserve on the banks of the Des Plaines River in Illinois. As programs co-chair of West Cook Wild Ones, she educates about and promotes native-plant gardening and biodiversity. She writes and speaks on a range of nature-related topics from a Midwestern point of view. Her home is in an inner-ring suburb of Chicago and she blogs at Ecological Gardening.

Achieving 30×30: Percentages Matter, We’re All in This Together, and What You Do to Help Counts Big-time

The “Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework” (GBF), approved by the 15th Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity clearly states the goal of protecting, conserving, and restoring 30% of Earth’s lands and waters by 2030.

March 13, 2023


Two Bur Oaks and a Crawdad

We must eat. But the land sacrifices so that we may live; the land ethic asks that we live in ways that show we are responsible citizens of the land community; and the law of reciprocity asks what we are giving back in return for that gift of life.

June 15, 2022

wildebeest migration

Rules of Thumb, 30×30, and the Laws of Nature

The answer is that to avert the worst effects of climate change, tamp down on pollution, and avoid ecological destruction and the sixth extinction, everything—ethics, economics, business practices, basically the whole of modern industrial society, needs to change, to be conducted along different lines, and fast.

April 28, 2022

native shrubs

Living with Wild Native Shrubs in the Garden

Wild native shrubs have a place in nearly every garden, and the benefits they bring to humans and the other species with whom we share our ecosystem far outweigh any effort involved in caring for them.

March 14, 2022

Walking in the woods

January Notes: Making Peace with Our Ancestors

So how, indeed, can those of us of colonialist heritage and good will do the serious work of deconstructing, then reconstructing and healing our ancestral heritage in our own minds and lives, while sorting out and holding fast to the beliefs, attitudes, practical knowledge and skills that might be useful and beneficial?

January 28, 2022

Tar sands overlaid with woodland picture

Dear Mr. Paulson, Re Your Recent NY Times Op-Ed about Mass Extinction

It’s past time to quit the cowboy economics, to hang up the hats and put away the spurs. To salvage both nature and humanity, pretty much everything about how we conduct human society must change. So what are you doing to help? I mean actually doing?

October 8, 2021

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