We protect what we value. For some of us, it’s life on Earth in all its wondrous forms. For others, it’s the history that helped shape and define our culture. And for lucky souls like me, it’s both. But the competing priorities of modern society often seem to conspire against such quaint notions. So, to ensure that these treasures endure despite the whims of a … Continue reading Saving places
Maybe it was the frigid temperatures of the polar vortex. Or perhaps it was that crazy cocktail the bartenders at Busboys and Poets crafted specially for the DC Science Café. But as Paul Woods of SkyTruth spelled out the blunt future of environmental remote sensing – that soon nothing will be hidden from view – I thought about wilderness. In truth, I didn’t try the … Continue reading God’s eye view of God’s country
If we were gonna do it, we were gonna do it right. One doesn’t take 4,000 miles, several mountain ranges, and 9 states in a 10 year old Honda Civic lightly. There had to be compelling reasons for my sister, my husband and me to drag my elderly father and 10-year old niece and nephew across the country to Yellowstone National Park. Yes, a trip … Continue reading What we didn’t do on our summer vacation
Summer time is road trip time for many people. But conservation athlete John Davis took a different route last year: He followed the wildest path possible when he traveled from Key Largo Florida to Canada’s Gaspe peninsula, shunning roads for the rivers, wetlands and woods of eastern North America to complete his cross continental trek. I wrote about Davis’ journey in this blog when he … Continue reading Are we there yet?
Some things are just a given – until they’re not. And thanks to author Emma Marris, many of us will never look at the world in quite the same way again. In her recent book, Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World, Marris upends some of the most cherished assumptions in ecology and conservation. In doing so, she skillfully maneuvers through the immediate resistance … Continue reading Our wildest dreams
The snow in the Chic-Choc Mountains of Quebec wasn’t quite deep enough for John Davis to ski the final legs of his 7600 mile trek. But as we sat in a Union Station restaurant in Washington DC this week, just five days after the completion of his epic 10 month journey, Davis ticked off the other modes of personal transport that had propelled him forward … Continue reading An epic challenge
Every year I grapple with the same thing. The first weekend in November typically is gorgeous, with the sun just strong enough by midday to shine a few final bursts of warmth through the bare trees before it withdraws into the dark and cold of December. Most of the leaves are down, although a few still decorate the landscape with splotches of orange or red … Continue reading Inside out