Chris Staudinger

Paper Boat

a four-year community art project that used stories to build a boat

Cypress Avenue

In the middle of a Tangipahoa Parish swamp, the last uncut primary growth cypress forest in Louisiana stands strong.

photo by John Hazlett
The Mark of Cane

An insect the size of a pepper flake could drastically accelerate already-dire rates of coastal erosion.

photo by Chris Battaglia
Louisiana's Whooping Cranes

Louisiana’s whooping crane population finds surprising new habitat, but still struggles to thrive

Camping in the Atchafalaya Basin

If you plan to camp in the basin, best  pack your hammock

photo by Pippin Frisbie-Calder
Brushing Shoulders with Walter Anderson

Primitive camping on  storied, isolated Horn Island still kindles artistic spirits

photo by James Carey
The Hidden World of Coastal Louisiana's
Microorganisms

the microorganisms that populate the coast help create one of the most productive ecosystems on the planet

print by Pippin Frisbie-Calder
Paradise Gained

Unlike almost every other place along the Louisiana coast, land is growing, not disappearing, at the base of this old canal.

photo by Lucius Fontenot
The Strange Ingredient
for Making New Wetlands

Scientists are fertilizing wetlands across Louisiana with treated sewage

The Chef Menteur Highway

With every bridge, a layer of urban life peels back

Which War?

Why the Battle of New Orleans should matter to you

A Different Kind of Christmas Tree

How the Black Willow fuels the fire of a great Mississippi River tradition

Squeezed Out

all risks and no reward for the residents of St. James Parish 5th District

Pipeline Protests Roil Atchafalaya

The swamp encampments are a half-hour boat ride or more from the nearest road. They’re surrounded by spiders, gators, forest, and water, as well as pipeline workers and the armed guards hired to protect those workers.

photo by Laura Borealis
Loading More Guys

Shining a light on gay dating in the app age

illustrations by Ryan Blackwood
Rough Seas in the Atchafalaya Basin

Water protectors there are enraged at the company’s hostility towards indigenous communities, both in Louisiana and in North Dakota, where the same company built the Dakota Access Pipeline.

photos by Karen Savage
Cold Blooded

Louisiana land vs. the Bayou Bridge Pipeline

Losing Ground

Residents of St. James Demand Answers from the State

illustrations by Luke Howard
photo by Scott Eustis