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Conserving Nature’s Relationships

Posted by on Jan 31, 2016 in Just Patterns | 0 comments

Conserving Nature’s Relationships

I was recently privileged to present a webinar at the National Biodiversity Teach-In . My presentation focused on conserving connections in Nature . This amazing five day event is a collection of talks given by about 40 speakers on subjects that relate to biodiversity. The “teach-in” is produced each year by teachers and students at Elgin High School in Elgin Illinois. The goal is to “raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity and inspire our participants to take action in its protection.” I have produced...

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A Connected Nature Is Your Legacy

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Just Patterns | 0 comments

A Connected Nature Is Your Legacy

As I write this blog post, I am sitting in a beautiful forest in the Chiricahua Mountains in Southeastern Arizona. The sun is beaming through the trees. Its light gives energy and life to everything around me, including myself. The gentle wind that rustles through the pine and oak forest reminds me of the gift of invisible energy that our sun has provided to our Earth. Everything around me is interconnected and is transformed. The air that I breathe is a vital part of my link to the forest. Branches and leaves reach into the atmosphere to...

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Bird Flocks Are Airborne Ecosystems

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Just Patterns | 2 comments

Bird Flocks Are Airborne Ecosystems

Each year I set aside some time to observe and photograph the flocks of Sandhill Cranes that migrate to Southeastern Arizona and New Mexico. And, each year I am inspired to share something with you about my experience. There is some kind of magic in a flock of birds. There is a synchrony of leaderless energy as the group flows through the air going here and then there while changing shapes that respond to some hidden force. If we were to take a magic ride into a bird flock, we’d find that the movement of any one individual is directed...

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Free Study Guides For Environmental Educators

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Just Patterns | 1 comment

Free Study Guides For Environmental Educators

One of the most important conservation strategies available to us is the creation of a deep consciousness of Nature in the minds and hearts of the world’s population – especially our  youth. In doing so, we environmental educators can leave a legacy for future generations that will serve to guide young people along a pathway of preserving and sustaining Nature for the benefit of all life on Earth.  I would like to share some of my experience and resources as an environmental educator. I have compiled my learning guides into a PDF...

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Patterns In Nature : Dirt Lives And Breathes

Posted by on Oct 17, 2015 in Just Patterns | 0 comments

Patterns In Nature : Dirt Lives And Breathes

It might seem that the subject of “dirt” is as boring as watching paint dry. That is — until one sits in a forest or a meadow and considers both the beauty of the moment and the basis for that beauty. Much of that forest or meadow resides underground in an invisible world that we can’t see without a microscope or some form of chemical analysis. Yet, that secret underground world is a vital connecting force that is essential for the maintenance and the survival of what we see above ground – including we humans....

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Nothing In Nature Is Isolated – A Video Essay

Posted by on Oct 10, 2015 in Just Patterns | 7 comments

Nothing In Nature Is Isolated – A Video Essay

From the most minuscule atomic particle to the grandest galaxies, the past, the present, and the future of every animate and inanimate being in our universe is defined by its connection to everything else because these vital connections transport and transform life energy within and between Her creatures. If any of these links were broken, Nature on any scale could be severely hampered or not operate at all.   This 4 minute video essay summarizes everything that has been presented within this blog site. If you are a parent, educator, or...

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Being Wolf – Lessons From Nature’s Tangled Web

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Just Patterns | 3 comments

Being Wolf – Lessons From Nature’s Tangled Web

“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. … I was young then and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view. Since then I have lived to see state after state extirpate its wolves. I have watched the face of many a newly wolfless mountain, and seen the south-facing slopes wrinkle with a maze of new deer trails. I...

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Patterns In Nature : The Independent Life Of Bristlecone Pine Forests

Posted by on Sep 19, 2015 in Just Patterns | 5 comments

Patterns In Nature : The Independent Life Of Bristlecone Pine Forests

Without a doubt, it was Nature’s aesthetic voice  that first drew me to the Bristlecone Pine. That first sight was not in Nature. It was a photograph by famed nature photographer David Muench . David’s image became implanted in my being and has stuck with me ever since. I have no idea why I am so awed by these grotesquely beautiful  old trees that can live for 4,000 years in the harshest of conditions. Most certainly, I respect that they have evolved to become incredible survivors who live with few obvious connections to the...

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Patterns In Nature : Lessons From The Hoh Rain Forest

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Environmental Education, Just Patterns | 1 comment

Patterns In Nature : Lessons From The Hoh Rain Forest

“The human spirit needs places where Nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man”  — Author unknown For the last ten summers, I have escaped the brutal heat in my home territory of Sonora, Mexico and headed north. During these two or three month forays, I lived in my small camper in the forests and meadows of the Pacific Northwestern United States and Alaska. I traveled slowly, did a lot of photography, and camped in public lands away from humanity. In this way, I could engage Nature without interference. It has been a...

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Patterns in Nature : Seeking Nature’s Advice

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Environmental Education, Just Patterns | 2 comments

Patterns in Nature : Seeking Nature’s Advice

Like many of you who are passionate about Nature, I have a few very special places where, in solitude, I engage Nature while carefully listening to Her  spiritual voice, her aesthetic voice, and her physical voice. My favorite place is a remote area within the Ironwood Forest National Monument west of Tucson, Arizona. This 129,000 acre spread is home to many Ironwood (“Palo Fierro” in Spanish) trees and Saguaro cactus. My special spot, which is rarely visited by mankind, is home to a large Saguaro cactus embraced by an Ironwood...

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