Outdoors
Exploring natural connections
web-posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015
You might have heard the saying that a flutter of a butterfly's wings can change the course of the future. Juneau biologist and naturalist Bob Armstrong spoke at a recent Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center Fireside lecture about "Natural Connections in Alaska," the subject, and title, of a book he wrote with ecologist Mary F. Willson. Redbreasted sapsuckers and wood debris piles in rivers may not be quite as fragile as a butterfly's wings, but they could well inspire their own sayings. A few highlights from the talk:
web-posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Mixed in with the excitement of fishing with friends on my old California rivers came a single nightmare. It wasn't the people and crowded pavement, though that's always a shock. Actually, the ability to drive places on that crowded pavement is quite nice. When you live in Southeast, sometimes it's nice to be able to drive and not have the highway narrow to a street, then a road, then a trail with pull-outs too over-grown with alders to turn around. It's refreshing yet terrifying to know that I am connected by grey strips to New York City.
web-posted Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Editor's note: this column was first published in the Capital City Weekly on Feb. 17, 2010
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