Nature notes

Restoration as a journey of re-storyation

A log of my nature stories, poems, comics and articles over the years. Stories are dynamic, and so are the posts below. They may change as I change, learn and grow!

Healing Habitat & Heart

What you notice in nature and how you listen, tell a story about your point of view, or your relationships with nature. Wild literacy begins by looking into the lens from which you read nature.  The Heart Do you feel like a part of nature, or apart? There are many ecological connections between humans and…
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Story Tracks Comic

Step onto the mysterious trail of Story Tracks, the mostly true wild adventures of Rattler Rach and Osa.
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Between you and me…

The truth is, between you and me.  It’s there in the air that connects us.  And in the touch, a glance, whiff or word.   The truth is we have never been alone. The earth is always under our bodies,  air surrounds us and water inside.  When we narrow our experience of the world,  and yield…
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Nature Basking

Nature basking (nā-chər ˈbask-ing), not to be confused with nature bathing, is the unabashed connection of body to earth. Basking is to lie in nature, generally under warm rays of sunshine. Nature basking is preferably done clothed and in a hooded sweatshirt to protect one's hair. First, let your instincts guide you to a place…
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Your Nature

What was nature to you as a child? Was nature a park, backyard, outdoor school, summer camp or somewhere in a forest far away? Looking back, nature to me was where I hid for solitude, peace and relief from the chatter of humans. Growing up I shared a big bedroom with my two sisters. My family…
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Homing to the Group

Do you pull dandelions in your yard because you dislike their bright, yellow flowers or because you’d rather not be judged by your neighbors? If you knew dandelions were a food source for pollinators, especially in urban areas, would that change your behavior? Our human tendency to orient to the herd may make us strangely similar to…
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Salmon Season

You are the hands of my father filleting steaks, smell of alder in the smokehouse, roar of a diesel engine chugging upriver, ocean salt melting in my mouth. Where the salmon run, I am home.
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Applied Holistic Science: Wildlife Tracking

Cybertracker 2019: The line of tracks were turning into round dimples under the falling snow. A track is simply a disturbance, a change to baseline, and these tracks were clearly the footprints of a four-legged animal – coyote or bobcat came to mind. Under the rules of the CyberTracker Evaluation I could not use a…
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Wolf OR-7 Expedition

1,200 miles retracing the remarkable journey of an ordinary wolf. In 2014, I had the opportunity to retrace the remarkable journey of an ordinary wolf and catch the stories of people learning to live in wolf country once again. In September 2011, a young wolf left his pack in NE Oregon and within a few…
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