Exploring Our Roots

A synopsis and photos from the Exploring Our Roots: Forest History in Our Communities   conference is now posted on the NiCHE website (Network in Canadian History and Environment). The conference was held September 17th to 19th, 2009 in Prince George, BC, and was hosted by the Forest History Association of BC, the Northern BC Archives and the Aleza Lake Research Forest Society. Have a look at the broad range of topics and adventures that our delegates were lucky enough to enjoy!

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I’m not a Forester and I don’t profess to be, but I do admire Mother Nature in all her glory and oddities. That was something I learned from my dad I guess. Whenever we would be out walking in the woods or camping, his eye would always pick out the things that were different and he would make sure us kids saw whatever it was he saw. My dad’s humour would undoubtedly Continue reading Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Pretty Patterns…

Salamanders rely on rotting dead wood on the forest floor for habitat.

The first time I went into the field with amphibian biologist Mark Thompson, it was early spring and we were checking ponds, puddles, road-side ditches and rotten wood for evidence of breeding toads, frogs and salamanders. Walking along a trail, we were feverishly flipping dead rotten wood, a typical hiding spot for salamanders. “They’re really quick, so you have to be fast to catch them” Mark would say. We would then carefully put the material back where we found it, to ensure that the habitat was intact for them to use eventually. At one point, I turned around and there was Mark knee-deep in a wet alder swale, looking for tadpoles and larvae, and swarming with mosquitoes. “I get so focused on looking for them that I don’t even notice the bugs anymore.”

Now THAT’s passion for your work!
Continue reading Pretty Patterns…