Thoreau Scholar to Discuss Climate’s Impact on Plants on June 1
A scientist who uses the observations in Henry David Thoreau’s journals as the basis for his groundbreaking studies on climate change will discuss “Walden’s Plants and Animals: From Thoreau to Today” on Saturday, June 1, at 1 p.m. at Highstead.
The talk, which is part of Highstead’s Spring Open House and Trails Day, will be presented by Richard Primack, Professor of Biology at Boston University. Read more.
Author Says Wildlife Comebacks Pitting Neighbors
The comeback of wildlife and forests over the past century demands that we reconnect to the natural world, said Jim Sterba, author of Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds, in a talk on May 4 at Highstead as part of its Woodland Conversations Lecture Series.
“We’ve largely taken ourselves out of the working landscape and mostly forsaken the stewardship skills of our ancestors,” he said.
Memoir Highlights Rugged Terrain’s Influence on Apache Wars
(CS Fly Photo, Smithsonian National Archives)
Highstead ecologist Ed Faison recently published an article in the Journal of the Southwest about a memoir by his great-grandfather, Lieutenant Samson L. Faison (far left), an Army officer in pursuit of Geronimo in 1885-1886. The story, a chapter in United States military history, is also fundamentally an ecological one: a people (the Apaches) who confounded the U.S. Army by their superb adaptation to a rugged, arid landscape. Read more.
Jim Levitt, director of Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest and a senior fellow at Highstead, recently presented a TedX talk in Boston on the long history of conservation innovation in New England and cited the Wildlands & Woodlands vision as a compelling example.