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Spring's blooms are becoming summer's fruits. IFIAAR has finally gotten to business and is so excited with the season.

June 16th was the official release party for the first issue of The Non-Human Observer! Thank you everyone who contributed and helped make it happen. Its been so special to have Shawn Creeden lead this project forward and I'm delighted to see it continue.
You can read online NOW, or purchase a copy today through the IFIAAR store.

June 30th will be the first of IFIAAR's NYC summer series taking place at Marine Park Salt Marsh. We are going out into the field with Lala Albert, Aidan Koch (me), and Suki Sekula do draw some living creatures in the wild.
We've got a good crowd but if you'd like to attend, please RSVP

July 12th  Open-call! For one of the summer series events, IFIAAR wants to screen your phone videos! I am looking for footage of animals crawling out of a hole in your wall, landing on a branch outside your window, eating your trash, prancing by you on a trail, chewing on your toes, and running in your neighbors' field. These will be collected and shared at a public event in NYC showcasing our viewership and engagement with animals through personal media generating systems.

Well for once I actually had to organize so much news that I'm at a loss for my monthly rambling topic. I'm feeling excited to share it all so I won't waste more of my Monday morning.

One thing I will say though is that at least in NYC I was feeling the rain and humidity and gray very intensely this last week. It gets much worse here than in the Pacific NW where I'm from as it brings fast shifts in pressures and when it rains, it truly pours. Our first day back to summer temps and schedule I got to go upstate for just a day. Tall grasses, clovers, buttercups, stubby trees, quickly moving creeks, eastern tiger swallowtails, snails crawling up my tent, and blue skies reminded me of how its not just the weather, its the loss of connection- becoming stuck in the concrete swamp that makes it so much worse. Of course schedules, jobs, health, family, etc can make it hard to get out, but summer is a joyous time in nature. If you can, take any chance available to go get a dose*
*clean up after yourself and others in natural habitats, don't bother nesting and resting critters, respect the guidelines of parks and forests, remember you're in someone's home :-)



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