Webinar Series on Bird Language w/ Audubon (Pt 2)

Enjoy this Introduction to how to do bird sits as a powerful mindfulness practice and discover what the birds are saying. This is part 2 of a 3-part series with Dan Gardoqui, bird language expert and Science Editor of "What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal Nature's Secrets." Click on the link below to see the video replay of this great webinar now! https://www.facebook.com/audubonca/videos/324591125170322/
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Webinar Series on Bird Language w/ Audubon (Pt 1)

Enjoy this Introduction to how to do bird sits as a powerful mindfulness practice and discover what the birds are saying. This is part one of a 3-part series with Dan Gardoqui, bird language expert and Science Editor of "What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal Nature's Secrets." https://youtu.be/EyfkfN3KGPw
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LwN Podcast: Episode #3

What a pleasure to spend an hour with Casey McFarland. I think you'll find this episode very engaging and fascinating.   Wildlife tracking is a blend of ancient arts and modern science. The experienced trackers get this way by spending countless hours in the wilds, following animals and being foiled again and again by the animals they track and trail. They also get better through the wisdom and mentoring of fellow trackers. Casey McFarland is a great example of an expert tracker who walks his talk as an excellent educator and top-notch tracker. Casey McFarland trains biologists, research teams, eco-tourism guides, and the general public to read and interpret tracks and signs of wildlife. A Senior Tracker & Senior International Evaluator for Cybertracker Conservation he works around the globe to develop…
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LwN Podcast: Episode #2

Late last March, I promised some respected colleagues that I’d begin a podcast within the year. Goal achieved. Where this podcast will lead, I don’t know. What I do know is that I’m fortunate to have a lot of interesting friends and colleagues in life – many of whom I think have wonderful stories and perspectives that are positive, healthy, kind and humorous. I think we could all use some of that. Episode #2 is all me. I acknowledge the current Covid-19 pandemic we're enduring. I tell a longish story called "Refuge in a Thunderstorm." It's full of lessons and insights into the leading a nature-connected life. I hope you find it helpful. Find the Lead with Nature Podcast on Spotify / Stitcher / iTunes) If you like the podcast, please give it a review.…
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LwN Podcast: Episode #1

Late last March, I promised some respected colleagues that I'd begin a podcast within the year. Goal achieved. Where this podcast will lead, I don't know. What I do know is that I'm fortunate to have a lot of interesting friends and colleagues in life - many of whom I think have wonderful stories and perspectives that are positive, healthy, kind and humorous. I think we could all use some of that. Episode #1 is entitled "Two Dans, One Love" features a special person- Dan Fontaine. He's a father, husband, leader, birder, conservationist and kind soul. I hope you enjoy our conversation.Here's to many more Find the Lead with Nature Podcast on Spotify / Stitcher / iTunes) If you like the podcast, please give it a review. I'm happy to…
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A Nocturnal Courting Mystery…

Happy Valentine's Day, friends. Today's post is an unplanned, real-life story that took place over the past two days. It has to do with birds, romance, mysteries and lifelong learning. I hope you enjoy it! It all began with an integrity check. As a firm believer in the importance of citizen science (aka "'community science"), I've regularly participated in a number of wildlife studies that depended on the observations and data collection of regular folks who cared about the world around them. "Like what?," you might ask? Well, here's a few projects that come to mind: I can recall hundreds of humid summer evening bike rides with a toddler in tote, scanning rural backroads for turtles crossing.I vividly remember leading groups of volunteers on the wild, snowy trails of the…
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Is there such thing as a successful lone wolf?

lone wolf - noun a person who prefers to work, act, or live alone Is this wolf alone? Ask yourself "What's outside the frame?" Earlier this year, I chose to hand over the reigns and step away from a successful nonprofit organization (White Pine Programs), after serving as a co-founder and leader for twenty years. It was a premeditated, long-emerging decision that has significantly changed my life. In looking back over my tenure, it's clear to me that, for the past two decades, I've been careful to tend well to scores of relationships: kids, teens and adults in programs I taught; parents of those kids & teens; partner organizations; vendors; school & municipal leaders; a robust peer network, etc. Did all of my interactions & relationships leave me smiling and…
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Nature & Veterans – A Healing Combo

Veterans Are Living Warriors Who Deserve Our Best 11.11.2019 - I'm not an expert on Veteran issues, but as a beneficiary of their service and sacrifice, I want to bring attention to the fact that many Veterans can use more help...and that nature can be a part of the healing journey. So...read on, get a little background, then learn about two award-winning efforts to heal Veterans using nature. Some Troubling Facts... The United States has over 18 million living Veterans who've served during at least one war- that's over 7% of the adult population of our nation. This includes a lot of younger Veterans - most of whom served in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Of these Vets, 20% suffer from either Major Depression and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The resulting…
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Get Out of Your Own Way & Get Outside

Sometimes, it's the simplest of things that are the hardest to do. As humans being, we can be complicated sometimes. For example, many of us know that spending time in nature (i.e. "GreenTime") is one of the healthiest, smartest thing humans can do, yet, more and more of us are doing it less and less. And it ain't just kids...it's teens...and it's adults as well. Quick Recap - Here's some of the benefits that time in nature brings us: A 15-minute walk in nature makes most of us feel happier (study)We absorb Vitamin D best from the source - the sun, which leads to less osteoporosis, cancers and heart attacks (source)Time in nature significantly decreases our stress level blood pressure (more)And on and on... there are literally hundreds of studies…
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