Jason Bittel

Jason Bittel

Bittel writes the Species Watch column for Earthwire. He also contributes to National Geographic, The Week, and Slate, and serves up science for picky eaters on his website, Bittel Me This. He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and two tiny wolves. (Note: Wolves may be Pomeranians.)


  • Luis Correia/Wikimedia Commons

    Shot in the Dark

    Mauritius is killing tens of thousands of vulnerable fruit bats.

  • USFWS/Ann Froschauer

    Give Us Guano or Give Us Death

    Bat poop sustains entire ecosystems in places where they wouldn’t exist otherwise. So when bats go, many cave-dwellers go with them.

  • Otavio Marques (Instituto Butantan) via Wikimedia Commons

    Man Bites Snake, News at 11

    Media reports about a remote island brimming with vipers raise the question: Why are we so quick to hate on snakes?

  • Nicholas A. Tonelli/Flickr

    A River Ran Through It

    Scientists want to create a nationwide network of river corridors. Here’s why that’s not as crazy as it sounds.

  • neepster/Flickr

    The Witch Hunt

    Why the animal “monsters” decorating our doors and mailboxes this Halloween are afraid of you.