Agents of Change

A fellow wildlife biologist once told me that if you don’t write it down, it’s like it never happened. Throughout my career I have filled dozens of notebooks detailing my observations of all things wild. I’ve transcribed those notes onto data sheets, which I then entered into databases. Those databases were ultimately backed up on …

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July in Yellowstone and the Beartooths

Refuse to accept the belief that your professional relevance, career success or financial security turns on the next update on the latest technology. Sometimes it's good to put the paddle down and just let the canoe glide.                              Simon Mainwaring lJuly 2017: …

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Canine Kisses… and the Power of Story

I've been touched by a wolf, wrapped and changed and marked by her wild energy. Some years ago, during a weekend session of "Art, Advocacy and Landscape" class held on the campus of the Earthfire Institute, a spiritual retreat and animal sanctuary near Driggs, Idaho, our facilitator, Jean, halted us during a conversation about the nature …

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Glacier Bay, Alaska

Sitka spruce and western hemlock forests draped in moss and lichen slope steeply toward the sea. The forest forms a nearly impenetrable wall giving the illusion that it is sealed from that which bares its reflection, but the illusion that one has nothing to do with the other is false. These elements - the sea …

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Cutting through Time 2

“Fire’s the sun, unwindin’ itself out o’ the wood.”  ― David Mitchell, Black Swan GreenSurviving winter in Montana means keeping warm, and warming our home. Wearing layers will do it. Turning up the heat will do it. Feeding the wood stove will do it. We choose to limit the thermostat but keep the wood stove burning while …

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When the Wind

"So like many women before and after me, I lived my life as a disguised criatura, creature. Like my kith and kin before me, I swagger-staggered in high heels, and I wore a dress and hat to church. But my fabulous tail often fell below my hemline, and my ears twitched until my hat pitched, at …

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A mindful moment

John and I just arrived home after a week in Glacier Bay National Park in southeastern Alaska. Having never been to Alaska, I was awed by its beauty and wildness. My original intention with this week's post was to write a photo essay about the trip, but I learned so much about park that it …

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