Copy

February   2 0 2 0

Facebook
Twitter
Website

Raccoon
Procyon lotor
Joan Gilbert

We Invite You to Join Us!

Welcome to the Reading Corner!


The nights are getting shorter, but we're still facing another month of cold. So if you're looking to curl up in a cozy armchair with a good book, we've got suggestions for you. This is our third month featuring books that celebrate science and the natural world. 
 
This month we offer you a new novel, Weather, by Jenny Offill. As a special treat for those you in Portland, Offill will be in conversation with Claire Vaye Watkins, author of Gold Fame Citrus (an interesting novel set in a near-future world suffering severe climate change) at Powell's Books on Feb 22nd.  In their write-up introducing Weather, they call it, "a shimmering tour de force about a family, and a nation, in crisis." 
Sunday's glowing New York Times review of Weather begins: 

Scurvy, the great scourge of maritime exploration, the killer of some two million people between the late 1400s and 1800, was once understood as a disease of longing. With their brains parched for vitamin C, sailors would find their perceptions muddled and emotions heightened. They would dream of food and weep upon waking. Their senses became so scrambled, their yearning so pitched, that when they disembarked, flowers smelled almost oppressive.

 To read the rest of the review, click here.

Ralph's Links
 
February . . . in Wallowa country . . . the month of deep cold in the canyon winter camps, of bighorn sheep on the canyon walls and the earliest spring flowers and foods where south-facing solar sinks warm the grounds first (Michael Ridge reports first cous and saber-leaf onions on south fork Clearwater February 2).  

This is the month of the "full snow moon" https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/1167/the-next-full-moon-is-the-snow-moon/ .  The Klamath Basin hosts its "Winter Wings Birding Festival" this month, the Skagit Flats are swamped with Snow Geese and by the end of the month sandhill cranes are gathering in Othello (https://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article239808768.html).  Meanwhile, winter visitors are still at this latitude, gyrfalcons, rough-legged hawks, snowy owls, snow buntings, long-spurs and hoary redpolls.

Jo Jeffries reports sign of a traveling beaver working over a white alder long the Imnaha River.  Alder is poor beaver food (it is bitter) suggesting a traveler looking for company and a food source (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2925465997485475&set=a.209882542377181&type=3&theater).  Dippers are down from the frozen mountain streams, varied thrushes are in the lowlands and American robins are hitting the juniper berries heavy, frustrating the heck out of the Townsends' solitaires trying to defend winter feeding sources (https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/jfo/v048n01/p0011-p0018.pdf).    --ralph


 
Ralph Anderson, having retired from a career with the Forest Service and as a consulting Wildlife Biologist, continues to offer his perspectives, insights and perusal of the current flow of science discoveries and its implications via postings on the Wallowology Facebook page.
 
 

Wallowology! Natural History Discovery Center, in downtown Joseph, opened to the public in June 2014.  We invite participants to explore and discover Eastern Oregon's lands and waters through exhibits, outings, and evening presentations by scientists, artists and others.

Our mission is to inform, inspire, and involve residents and visitors in the conservation of ecosystems and landscapes that support and sustain rural communities throughout Eastern Oregon.

Wallowology! is the public education division of Eastern Oregon Legacy Lands, a non-profit corporation whose purposes are scientific, educational, and charitable. EOLL's natural and cultural history programs include research, conservation planning, land acquisition, and policy development.

Copyright © 2019, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
PO Box 666
Joseph, Oregon 97846

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list.

info@wallowology.org






This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Wallowology · PO Box 666 · Joseph, Oregon 97846 · USA

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp