A few more pics from my recent trip to CO. I was totally shocked at the amount of development going on throughout the state. Boulder has seemingly doubled in size, summit county is quickly becoming one giant city from silverthorn/dillon to breckenridge. None of its bad, it does highlight the sense of urgency for conservation however. The space, the animals, the ecosystems we all love Colorado for, require enough land to function properly. Parks such as Rocky Mountain National Park are too small for a fully functioning ecosystem and lack the predatory species to keep other animals in check, and in turn the ecosystem in balance. It was frustrating to see giant swaths of willow, aspen, and alder all fenced off within the park, simply to protect them from the over abundance of elk and deer. Around 10 yrs ago, the National Park Service got together with the USFS and had a vote to bring wolves back into the park to try and restore the balance. Unfortunately, the plan required the use of USFS land and the agenda failed to pass, mostly for political reasons. Going forward, the national park service must define itself better, define its parks better. Some will be ecological parks, which will require the utmost protection, and some will be parks geared more towards recreation. Which do you prefer? #colorado#rockymountainnationalpark#conservation#usforrestservice#ecology#nationalparkservice
An uber important issue which many people are entirely unaware of; a 61 year old Enbridge oil pipeline sitting on the bottom of lake michigan. The Great Lakes are the largest single source of fresh water on earth. It is essential that we protect this great resource and shutdown Line 5. An oil spill here would devastate the Michigan economy as well as countless communities around Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. By the way, Enbridge was the company responsible for the oil spill outside Kalamazoo, MI. A pipeline rupture in 2010 resulted in one of the largest inland oil spills our nation has ever seen. And they never properly cleaned it up. #puremichigan#greatlakesbusinessnetwork#greatlakesecology#enbridge#ricksnyder#kalamazoo#conservation#patagonia
A stroll down Chicago's Skyscraper canyon this morning. The center of the city is quickly transitioning from the retail shops of Michigan Ave to the parks and waterfront. Beautiful architecture, restaurants, bars, and recreation call to the tourists and locals of Chicago along the riverfront. #summer2017#chicago#skyscrapercanyon#chicagoarchitecture#riverwalkchicago
Second hognose snake within a week! With all the rain this spring and the mild winter we just had, animals seem to be everywhere. Bye-bye mice. This one i found in the garden this morning. #greatlakesecology#hognosesnake#summer2017
Almost time to start looking for these guys again, purple fringed orchids. Usually they will bloom in july/august. I took this picture a couple yrs ago while on a river trip in the great lakes region. Hoping to see some more of these this summer #greatlakesecology
Would'ya have a look at this beautiful little shela! She'll be 2 at the end of the month. Happy birthday America. Remember to always fight for what you believe in, but also be able to support your opinions with logic and reason. And never stop challenging yourself. Otherwise, whats the point?