I'm busy with lots of necessary and costly preparations for the big change coming in a couple months and not really doing much day to day nature hiking. I did take my usual notice of skunk cabbage this morning, but I'm occupied mostly with technology--trying to figure out my first laptop and just ordered my first digital camera to go with it--and shopping, which is one of the activities I most loathe in life, and trying to get various body parts in better health before I leave modern medicine behind. I still have never used a cell phone however, and haven't driven a car in 25 years or so, and assure you that I'm still a simple Luddite (in the generally misunderstood sense) at heart.
I wanted to point you to the March issue of National Geographic which has a cover story on wolves expanding their ranges from their Yellowstone reintroduction sites. It includes a map of pack locations so I'll know who I'm looking at. There are some great photos and one quite sad one, as well as artwork showing the positive ecological effects of wolf reintroduction. (And on the wolf subject, this season's Isle Royale wolf study just ended so go over there and read about Romeo's adventures.) NG also has some enticing photos of carniverous plants--if they were big enough, I'd probably be digested by now.
I've also been seeing lots of articles about Eastern Coyotes (the result of breeding between wolves and those little Western Coyotes) which some folks want to rename as a new kind of critter. I got a brief glimpse of one running on the other side of the railroad tracks at Walden Pond this fall (part of that long post which the evil technology lords destroyed before you saw it) and was mightily impressed.
And finally, for some new Yellowstone winter photos including the falls I'll be hearing in my room, be sure to check out the latest from Robyn in Yellowstone. I can't begin to express how much I'd love to be there amid all that winter snow, but with luck I'll get the chance in a future winter before the area becomes tropical.
At some point soon, a commentary on the latest books from Bill McKibben and William Powers. Enjoy the rest of your winter, if you have any.
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