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W&W Short #3 - Alie Nation Lyrics: Indigenous Mindset vs. Western Societal Mindset

Tue, 22 Jun 2021

A short episode discussing the lyrics of the song "Alie Nation" written by the late John Trudell and performed by the musical group "The Halluci Nation" (formerly "A Tribe Called Red"). I offer a personal interpretation of the lyrics, discussing the two different mindsets one may adopt, that of an indigenous way of thinking which may lead to healing, connection, and sacredness, or that of a post-modern western societal way of thinking which embraces separateness, numb, trauma, and materialism.

Alie Nation Youtube Video

Halluci Nation Article

Halluci Nation Article

John Trudell Wikipedia Page

Tracking Series 08 – Brian McConnell: Hunting and Trailing Wildlife and CyberTracker Trailing Evaluations

Mon, 12 Apr 2021

In this eighth episode of my tracking series I had the fortune to catch up with avid hunter, tracker, and CyberTracker evaluator Brian McConnell. In our discussion we cover a lot of ground (pun intended). Brian fills us in on his background as a young man being taught by his dad how to hunt in the Arkansas woods, then learning intuitively to trail deer, and finally, later in life, connecting with a class offering formal training in tracking techniques which helped him refine his craft to the point of earning a specialist level on his second ever trailing evaluation, then becoming an evaluator shortly after. Brian shares his knowledge on:

·      How a trailing evaluation unfolds and what the evaluator is scoring the tracker on

·      How he uses tracking to inform and support his hunting activities, especially for deer and elk

·      Tells us some hunting stories, showcasing how 90% of the elk he takes are done so by trailing right to the animal

·      Gives us some practical tips on how to begin learning the art of trailing, especially for hunting purposes

Connect with Brian

Book Recommendations

Dersu the Trapper, by: V.K. Arseniev

The Jim Corbett Omnibus, by: Jim Corbett (Includes “Man-eaters of Kumaon”, “The Temple Tiger and More Man-eaters of Kumaon”, and “The Man-eating Leopard of Rudraprayag”)

W&W Short #2 - The Story of the Coyote Howl From My Intro

Tue, 30 Mar 2021

In response to a question from a listener, I tell the story of where the coyote howl recording from my intro came from. It is a very special story, near and dear to my heart, and discusses my experience with a pair of coyotes while searching for a quality sit spot area.  Stick around after the outro music to hear a 5 minute sample of all the coyote vocalizations from the story.

W&W Short #1: Introduction-The Sacred Order of Nature

Mon, 15 Mar 2021

In this Wilderness and Wellness “Short”, I introduce the inaugural episode for a new format that I plan to start releasing and delve into a passage from Eckhart Tolle's "Oneness With All Life". Based on Eckhart's teachings in this passage I discuss the way that the thinking mind perceives organic natural spaces as chaos, whereas the quiet mind of "being" perceives a sacred order. I offer commentary on the importance of the "being mind" while in nature to develop a participatory relationship with other living beings and garner the personal and planetary health and wellness benefits that will ensue.

Dr. Doug Tallamy: Nature’s Best Hope – A Grassroots Revolution to Create a Homegrown National Park, One Lawn at a Time

Tue, 02 Mar 2021

Join me for a discussion with Dr. Doug Tallamy about a simple yet revolutionary way that we can save nature while building a relationship with it and gaining the health benefits of such an activity at the same time. With his extensive research background on the interactions of the plant and insect world, Dr. Tallamy skillfully teaches us:

·      The ecology of native vs. non-native plants and why maintaining native plants matters to the insect population.

·      how the health of the insect population is foundational for the health of the ecosystem, especially birds. 

·      Why it is important not just to protect places where people aren’t inhabiting, such as national parks and preserves, but to also maintain suitable habitat in the places people do inhabit. 

·      How we can cut our lawns in half to create a “Homegrown National Park” and shatter the almost universally accepted myth that humans and nature cannot coexist in the same areas. 

·      How to approach prohibitive homeowners’ associations to advocate for the planting of more native species.

·      The three historical missteps that modern western humans have made that have disconnected us from nature and helped to create the ecological crisis we now face.

·      Ideas for getting started creating your own “Homegrown National Park”.

Connect with Dr. Tallamy and “Homegrown National Park”:

Homegrown National Park Website

Dr. Tallamy’s Presentation to The National Wildlife Federation

Book Recommendations:

Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation That Starts in Your Yard, by: Douglas Tallamy

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants, Updated and Expanded, by: Douglas Tallamy

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees , by: Douglas Tallamy (Available March 30, 2021)

Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change, by: Larry Weaner & Thomas Christopher

Essential Native Trees and Shrubs for the Eastern United States: The Guide to Creating a Sustainable Landscape, by: Tony Dove & Ginger Woolridge

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