Preeminent evolutionary biologist and controversial author Richard Dawkins is famous for taking on the difficult issues. We had the honor of working with him a decade ago when he contributed an essay to Art’s masterwork The Living Wild.
This Saturday is the grand re-opening of the beautiful Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.
This is the world’s biggest dam removal, and one of biggest and most significant river restoration efforts. We will see a river coming back to life, with great benefits for salmon runs, the tribe and community. The lessons we learn on the Elwha can inspire other river restoration efforts around the country.
Blue Earth’s first project was “The Living Wild”. Since then they have helped photographers create many socially and environmentally critical works. This is a great event that supports Blue Earth and you could walk away with a great piece of art by one of the many talented photographers.
A reminder that we are half way through the International Year of Forests – 2011. Let us not forget the importance of preserving and maintaining this invaluable resource. Here are some important statistics to consider:
– The livelihoods of over 1.6 billion people depend on forests.
– Forests are home to 80% of our terrestrial biodiversity.
– Trade in forest products was estimated at $327 billion in 2004.
– Forests are home to 300 million people around the world.
– 30% of forests are used for production of wood and non-wood products.
– Forests cover 31% of total land area.
– Primary forests account for 36% of forest area.
In the Pacific Northwest, efforts to curb logging to save the spotted owl and critical salmon runs from extinction have resulted in creating a huge carbon sink—larger trees and forests store massive amounts of carbon that would otherwise contributed to greenhouse gases. For once, unintended consequences are terrific for the environment!
There has been good news recently for wildlife in Washington State. Here are 4 articles from the Seattle Times that highlight the good news.
• A large brown bear was sighted in the North Cascades and photographed last October by hiker Joe Sebille. Last week federal biologists confirmed that it is in fact a Grizzly. This is the first sighting in 50 years. Click Here for the article.
• A gray wolf pack has been found near Cle Elum and confirmed by state biologists. This is the first pack sighting in many years. Gray wolf packs can move 100 miles in a day. Click here for the article.
• Interstate 90 is widening and will include improved wildlife passages near Snoqualmie Pass. The Department of Transportation is improving habitat by fashioning larger culverts and wildlife passages under and over I-90.Click here for the article.
• A newborn calf has been spotted among one of the pods of killer whales returning to the Puget Sound.Click here for the article.
The Solstice Parade is a great Northwestern tradition. Every year it takes place in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, the self-styled “Center of the Universe.” It is a rich and colorful venue and a great place to take photos. Last year I was able to get a few shots that made it into my book coming out this fall “Dogs Make Us Human.” Now I am working on a new book which is a look at children from all over the world. It wouldn’t be complete without a photo or two from the center of the universe!